Curtiss-Wright Corporation to pay $209,991 for disposal law
Trenton, NJ— Department
of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell
announced that Curtiss-Wright Corporation of Wood-Ridge, Bergen
County will pay the state of New Jersey $209,991 to settle violations
of state hazardous waste disposal laws and groundwater contamination.
“The message here is clear,”
said Acting Governor Richard J. Codey. “Play by the rules
or suffer the penalties. We will not tolerate companies that threaten
our environment and jeopardize public health.”
Curtiss-Wright treats and cleans
groundwater by removing oil and other contaminants. From January
1999 to March 2002, Curtiss-Wright disposed of 33,000 gallons
of contaminated oil, which is considered hazardous waste, by sending
it to facilities not authorized to handle hazardous waste. Failing
to identify waste as hazardous violates state regulations and
jeopardizes public health and the environment.
Curtiss-Wright on February 9,
2005 agreed to settle its hazardous waste violations by paying
a $109,991 fine. This figure includes an assessment of the $4,991
economic benefit that Curtiss-Wright realized by improperly disposing
of the hazardous waste.
In addition, more than 70 underground
storage tanks leaked solvents and fuel oil into groundwater at
the Curtiss-Wright facility in Wood-Ridge. Curtiss-Wright is conducting
a groundwater cleanup at the site and will pay an additional,
initial $100,000 in Natural Resource Damages to address the groundwater
contamination. Additional Natural Resource Damage claims may be
Curtiss Wright also agreed to
regularly ship its groundwater cleanup waste to appropriate disposal
facilities in the future.