Color ordered to comply by EPA
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
recently issued a Complaint and Compliance Order against Hudson
Color Concentrates, a division of L&A Molding, Inc., for
violating state and federal hazardous waste management requirements.
Hudson Color, of Leominster, Massachusetts, produces custom color
plastic pellet concentrates for the plastics industry by blending,
mixing, melting, extruding, quenching, drying and chipping processed
mixtures of color pigments.
EPA’s complaint alleges that Hudson Color violated the Resource
Conservation and Recovery Act by failing to conduct an adequate
hazardous waste determination of waste pigment powders containing
high concentrations of lead found in the facility’s raw material
storage areas, pigment room and blending area.
In addition, the EPA inspectors found that the company did not
handle universal waste in accordance with state and federal regulations
by not properly managing mercury-containing fluorescent bulbs
in a way that would prevent bulbs from breaking, potentially
releasing of mercury into the environment.
The failure to conduct adequate hazard waste determinations of
the pigments could result in release of lead into the environment
and unnecessarily expose the company’s employees and others to
hazardous wastes. In addition to proposing fines of up to $68,466,
EPA is ordering Hudson Color to correct these violations by conducting
appropriate waste determinations: ensure that mercury-containing
universal waste is managed so as to prevent releases of mercury;
and, ensure that containers of universal waste are marked with
dates of accumulation.