Paterson metal recycler pays $250,000 to settle
Trenton, NJ— Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) Acting Commissioner Lisa P. Jackson announced
a $250,000 settlement with Veridium Corp., a Paterson metal recycling
facility, for a series of outstanding violations stemming from
the company’s repeated failure to properly store hazardous
waste and strictly adhere to air-pollution regulations.
From 1999 to 2005, DEP inspections uncovered
seven violations, including Veridium’s improper storage
of 29,000 pounds of cyanide, acids, bases and other hazardous
wastes capable of sparking explosions. Further, Veridium also
failed to familiarize police, fire and emergency-response teams
with the facility’s layout and the kinds of hazardous waste
it regularly handled.
The DEP also cited Veridium for operating a materials
dryer without the proper permit, failing to properly mark containers
as hazardous waste and date them, failing to keep hazardous-waste
containers closed and improperly storing 55 gallon drums of hazardous
waste for more than 90 days, among other violations. DEP inspections
also revealed the company failed to comply with its required air-pollution
permits and failed to properly notify the DEP when it released
air contaminants during a fire.
Under the settlement agreement, which covers
all of Veridium’s outstanding violations, the company will
make payments on $250,000 through December 2010.
The company ceased all operations at the Paterson
site in January and vacated the premises. DEP inspectors will
continue to monitor the site to determine if any further action