Limited to pay civil penalty for hazardous waste violations
Arnette Limited, LLC, a manufacturer of epoxy
blends and advanced resins, has agreed to pay a $90,591 civil
penalty to the United States to settle a series of violations
of environmental regulations related to the storage of hazardous
wastes and the public reporting of toxic chemicals at its facilities
in Richmond, Missouri.
According to an administrative consent agreement filed by the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 in Kansas City,
Kansas, in December 2008 the agency conducted a compliance inspection
of Arnette’s facility and found that it was operating as a hazardous
waste treatment, storage or disposal facility without a permit,
as required by the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery
Act (RCRA) and Missouri state regulations.
At the Wollard Boulevard facility, Arnette also failed to conduct
hazardous waste determinations on waste vacuum pump oil, epoxy
intermediate process water, diatomaceous earth waste and an area
of spilled material on the floor of the facility’s hazardous
waste tank storage area, the inspection noted. The inspection
at the Wollard Boulevard facility also noted numerous violations
involving failures to comply with hazardous waste generator requirements.
Subsequently, a November 2009 inspection of Arnette’s facility
found the company had failed to submit reports to EPA and the
state of Missouri concerning quantities of certain toxic chemicals
that were manufactured, processed or otherwise used at the facility
during 2006, 2007 and 2008. Those chemicals included diisocyanates,
4,4-isopropylideneiphenol and lead compounds (for all three years),
phenol (for 2007 and 2008) and isobutyraldehyde (for 2008).
Submission of the annual toxic chemical reports is a requirement
of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).
Under EPCRA regulations, companies of certain size are required
to submit annual reports to EPA and state authorities listing
the amounts of regulated chemicals that their facilities release
into the environment through routine activities or as a result
of accidents. The reports provide an important source of information
to emergency planners and responders, and residents of surrounding
EPCRA was enacted by Congress in 1986 as an outgrowth of concern
over the protection of the public from chemical emergencies and
dangers. After the catastrophic accidental release of methyl
isocyanate at Union Carbide’s Bhopal, India, facility in December
1984, and a later toxic release from a West Virginia chemical
plant, it was evident that national public disclosure of emergency
information was needed.