EPA & CRAIG ADHESIVES REACH AGREEMENT ON HAZARDOUS WASTE VIOLATIONS; CRAIG WILL IMPLEMENT WASTE MINIMIZATION PROGRAM & PAY $230,000
EPA & CRAIG ADHESIVES REACH AGREEMENT ON HAZARDOUS WASTE VIOLATIONS;
CRAIG WILL IMPLEMENT WASTE MINIMIZATION PROGRAM & PAY $230,000
NEW YORK, Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Craig Adhesives Company of Newark, N.J. have signed a consent agreement to settle an EPA administrative complaint for seventeen hazardous waste violations.
A June 1989 EPA inspection at the Craig Adhesives facility on Wheeler Avenue in Newark, N.J. found numerous violations of hazardous waste regulations. Among the violations were operating a hazardous waste storage facility without a permit, using leaking and deteriorating containers for waste storage, and failure to inspect the waste storage area. The company is currently conducting a cleanup at its facility in accordance with the New Jersey Environmental Cleanup Responsibility Act (ECRA) in lieu of a federally-mandated cleanup. The cleanup will address past improper waste management practices.
Under the agreement, Craig Adhesives will pay a $230,000 penalty, comply with all applicable hazardous waste management requirements and will spend $185,000 over three years on a research and development program to reduce or substantially eliminate hazardous solvent constituents from its solvent-based adhesive formulations.
"We are encouraging industry to undertake pollution prevention initiatives that go beyond those required by federal law," said EPA Regional Administrator Constantine Sidamon-Eristoff.
"By undertaking this study, Craig will be able to reduce the possibility of pollution and lessen the consumer's exposure to solvent emissions from Craig's products."
EPA anticipates that if waste minimization programs such as the one to be undertaken by Craig were applied industry-wide, the resulting public health benefits would be significant.
/CONTACT: Mary Breitenbach of the EPA, 212-264-2515/ CO: Craig Adhesives; The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ST: New Jersey IN: SU: JT -- NY046 -- 5851 11/21/91 11:33 EST