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U.S. EPA CRACKS DOWN ON HAZARDOUS WASTE ILLEGAL OPERATORS

 U.S. EPA CRACKS DOWN ON HAZARDOUS WASTE ILLEGAL OPERATORS
 SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced a nationwide crackdown on hazardous waste facilities that fail to report their operations and comply with federal hazardous waste management regulations. The U.S. EPA and state environmental agencies have cited 51 of these illegal operators and proposed penalties totalling over $20 million in a series of civil enforcement actions announced by Deputy Administrator Henry Habicht in Washington.
 "Any facility that handles hazardous waste is responsible for notifying U.S. EPA, getting the necessary permits and complying with hazardous waste regulations," said Daniel W. McGovern, administrator of U.S. EPA's western regional office.
 Locally, U.S. EPA has filed complaints against Donco Industries charging that Donco illegally operated hazardous waste facilities at its shipyard at 894 Innes Ave., San Francisco and its warehouse and workshop at 2401 Union St., Oakland. The complaints stem from Donco's failure to notify EPA that it generates, stores, and transports hazardous wastes.
 Facilities are required to comply with regulations under RCRA, the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, if they generate more than 100 kilograms (about 220 lbs., or 25 gallons) of hazardous waste monthly, or if they store more than 1,000 kilograms at any time.
 Donco is charged with 10 counts of RCRA violations at its San Francisco shipyard and seven counts at its Oakland facility. The charges include failing to notify U.S. EPA of hazardous waste operations, storing hazardous waste for over 180 days without a permit, labelling waste drums improperly, failing to determine if wastes should be classified as hazardous, and failing to provide proper training to hazardous waste workers.
 U.S. EPA has proposed penalties of $96,500 for the San Francisco shipyard and $113,500 for the Oakland facility.
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