EPA and Rumpke set agreement regarding illegal waste disposal
Rumpke Waste, Inc. will increase its waste screenings and pay a $9,875 fine to Ohio EPA after it unknowingly accepted two shipments containing hazardous waste at its Hughes Road Landfill. Two of the shipments came from Clean Harbors, the other from General Polymers, Inc.
The landfill is licensed to accept only municipal solid waste and is registered to process a limited amount of organic material as compost each year. The facility is not licensed to accept hazardous waste.
Clean Harbors is a licensed hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facility. The company also handles nonhazardous waste. Clean Harbors is required to characterize and document material that leaves its facility. Rumpke is only allowed to accept the nonhazardous waste.
On September 29, 2005, Clean Harbors notified Ohio EPA that it had sent a shipment to the landfill that contained chromium. That same day, Rumpke also notified the Agency that it placed the shipment into the landfill.
General Polymers generates large quantities of hazardous and solid waste. Between February and May 2005, General Polymers sent 554 pounds of hazardous waste to Rumpke's Hughes Road landfill.
General Polymers' action was part of what was addressed in a settlement that was reached earlier this year.
To minimize the chance that hazardous waste will be accepted at the landfill in the future, Rumpke must take the following steps:
Evaluate and revise its paper tracking log to require a review of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), when available;
Audit quarterly at least 20 percent of hazardous waste facilities (but not greater than 100 reviews per quarter) from which it accepts waste;
Maintain a record of each new waste stream accepted at the facility subject to review by the PCB and hazardous waste prevention and detection program; and
Randomly audit at least one waste load received from a hazardous waste facility on a monthly basis to verify that the waste is acceptable for disposal at the facility. The random monthly audit shall include a review of the waste profile for the load and MSDS, when available.
The $9,875 penalty will be deposited into the environmental protection remediation fund.