PA DEP fines Koppers for hazardous waste violations
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has
fined Koppers, Inc. $23,213 for hazardous waste violations
in 2008 at its wood preserving plant.
“The company did not notify DEP in a timely manner that
hazardous creosote wastewater was leaking, and did not
correct all the violations until five months later,”
said DEP Northcentral regional director Robert Yowell.
Koppers notified DEP on September 29, 2008, that cracks
in the Company’s containment area had allowed about 500
gallons of creosote-contaminated wastewater to leak to
the soil. The notification occurred three days after
the release instead of immediately, as required by state
In addition to the cracks in the containment area, the
collection system responsible for removal of waste was
not being operated properly, which contributed to the
DEP conducted a follow-up inspection in November 2008
and discovered that three hazardous waste storage tanks
were not properly labeled, and the hazardous waste storage
tanks that accepted runoff were not being managed to
maintain design and operating standards.
In early December 2008, Koppers personnel pumped 80,407
gallons of hazardous waste from the storage tanks for
shipment by rail. The department did not document that
all the violations were corrected until March.
The fine was paid to the Solid Waste Abatement Fund that
pays for cleanups across Pennsylvania.