Hazardous waste laws violated by Massachusetts business
The United States EPA has issued a Complaint and Compliance
Order against NuChrome, Inc. for noncompliance and repeated violations
of hazardous waste management laws.
NuChrome is a re-plating company located in Massachusetts. NuChrome’s
replating process generates chromium, nickel and copper sludges, corrosive
and cyanide process wastewaters.
EPA’s original administrative enforcement action against NuChrome took
place in 1999. In that action, EPA alleged that NuChrome violated several
federal and Massachusetts regulations pertaining to the management of
hazardous waste at NuChrome’s facility by failing to safely and properly
manage its containers of hazardous waste in accordance with applicable
hazardous waste regulations.
NuChrome agreed to resolve the initial action by entering into a settlement
that provided for a penalty payment of $25,000 and the performance of
an environmentally beneficial project valued at $74,000. To date, NuChrome
has paid only $3,000 of the penalty and has failed to perform the project.
A follow-up inspection of the facility in 2004 revealed that NuChrome
continued to violate many of the same hazardous waste management regulations
cited in the 1999 Complaint. At the time of the 2004 inspection, the
perimeter soil at NuChrome’s facility was found to be contaminated with
EPA inspectors returned to NuChrome in 2006 and 2008 and determined that,
once again, NuChrome continued to violate several of the requirements
that had been cited in the previous inspections. As a result, EPA has
ordered NuChrome to immediately address the continued violations of the
hazardous waste management regulations.