EPA cites Minnesota Metal Finishing for waste
Chicago, IL— U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency Region 5 has filed an administrative complaint
and compliance order against Minnesota Metal Finishing Inc. of
Minneapolis for violations of the state of Minnesota’s hazardous
waste regulations. A $300,000 penalty is proposed.
The complaint, filed under the
authority of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act,
cites violations including personnel training and record-keeping;
contingency planning, preparedness and prevention; and operating
without a hazardous waste permit.
EPA investigators found the violations
in May 2001 at the Minnesota Metal Finishing facility. Subsequent
inspections by the Hennepin County Department of Environmental
Services in June 2001, November 2002, April 2004 and April 2005
also revealed the violations.
Under RCRA, EPA controls hazardous
waste from its production to final disposal. The company may request
a hearing, a settlement conference or both.