JANUARY 2009

Lockheed settles hazardous waste violations

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has settled hazardous waste violations at a Manassas, Virginia facility with BAE Systems IESL, Inc. and Lockheed Martin Corporation. Lockheed Martin, headquartered in Nashua, New Hampshire, leases space at its Manassas location, to BAE.

The companies were cited by EPA for violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the federal law governing the treatment, storage and disposal of hazardous waste. RCRA is designed to protect public health and the environment, and avoid costly clean ups, by requiring the safe, environmentally sound storage and disposal of hazardous waste.

Following a May 2006 compliance evaluation inspection at the facility, the following violations requiring remediation were identified:

  • Operation of a hazardous waste storage facility without a permit;
  • Failure to comply with standard facility contingency plan requirement guidelines;
  • Failure to comply with new tank system design and installation requirements;
  • Failure to comply with tank system inspection requirements;
  • Failure to comply with air emission standards equipment marking requirements;
  • Failure to comply with air emission standard equipment monitoring, test method, record keeping and emission requirements.

Both companies cooperated with EPA during the investigation and have certified that they are now in compliance with all relevant provisions of RCRA. The settlement requires the companies to pay a civil penalty of $325,000. As part of the settlement, the companies have neither admitted nor denied liability for the alleged violations.