Valley Brass and Aluminum penalized
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
recently issued a penalty of $7,382 to Valley Brass and
Aluminum Inc., Salem, for illegally disposing of foundry
sand waste that was contaminated with hazardous levels
DEQ had originally issued the penalty because the company
stored piles of sand generated at the foundry on Hilfiker
Road in Salem directly on the ground at its site, without
cover and not contained. Valley Brass and Aluminum promptly
corrected the violation by having the lead-contaminated
waste sand treated to render it non-hazardous.
The penalty was for disposing of the hazardous waste
at the Company site rather than at a permitted hazardous
waste disposal site. DEQ also cited the Company for failing
to determine if the waste was hazardous. Failing to determine
whether wastes are hazardous often leads to illegal handling
of hazardous wastes, which poses a threat to human health
and the environment. DEQ did not assess a civil penalty
to the company for this violation.
Valley Brass and Aluminum appealed the penalty and has
presented additional information to DEQ. It is now negotiating
with DEQ to settle the case.