Cycle Chem, Inc. ordered to spend more than half
a million in upgrades
Trenton, NJ— Department
of Environmental Protection (DEP) Acting Commissioner Lisa P.
Jackson announced that Cycle Chem, Inc. has agreed to spend more
than half a million dollars to correct hazardous waste violations
and upgrade equipment at their facility in Elizabeth. The company
will also pay the state of New Jersey $90,000 in penalties.
Cycle Chem created a threat to
public health and the environment by failing to maintain a working
fire suppression system and storing waste unlawfully,” said
Acting Commissioner Jackson.
Cycle Chem operates a hazardous
waste facility in Elizabeth. From 2000 to 2005, DEP cited Cycle
Chem for numerous violations of state environmental laws including
operating the facility without an adequate fire suppression system.
The DEP also determined during this time that Cycle Chem unlawfully
maintained open containers, failed to inspect and date containers,
stored certain waste for too long and stored ignitable waste too
close to the facility’s property line.
In addition, the DEP ordered
the facility to make improvements to their hazardous waste treatment
areas to ensure waste mixing and consolidation activities are
conducted in chambers that have appropriate groundwater protections
and are enclosed to prevent air releases.
DEP issued multiple penalty actions
for the ongoing violations resulting in Cycle Chem requesting
an administrative hearing. In a January settlement agreement between
Cycle Chem and DEP, the facility agreed to upgrade their fire
suppression system in accordance with recommendations from the
State Fire Marshall, correct ongoing violations at the site and
reconstruct various hazardous waste treatment areas to make them
environmentally safe. The agreement establishes a time schedule
for each violation, but requires that all the upgrades and improvements
be completed in no less than 180 days upon DEP’s approval
of the required engineering designs.