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EPA ISSUES ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINT AGAINST INK MANUFACTURING COMPANY FOR VIOLATIONS OF HAZARDOUS WASTE & UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANK REGULATIONS

EPA ISSUES ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINT AGAINST INK MANUFACTURING COMPANY FOR VIOLATIONS OF HAZARDOUS WASTE & UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANK REGULATIONS
 NEW YORK, April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that it issued an administrative complaint to Gotham Ink and Color Company, Inc. in Long Island City, N.Y., on April 2, 1992, for violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the federal hazardous waste law.
 The company, a subsidiary of Superior Printing Ink Co., N.Y., is being cited for failure to conduct leak detection for eight underground storage tanks (USTs) containing hazardous substances, failure to conduct site assessments upon closure of three USTs to detect possible releases of the chemicals into surrounding soils and groundwater, improper storage of hazardous waste and repeated failure to conduct training for employees handling hazardous waste.
 The complaint is part of a federal enforcement initiative against violating owners or operators of USTs, especially in the New York metropolitan area. This is the first complaint the agency has filed under this initiative.
 Constantine Sidamon-Eristoff, EPA Region 2 administrator said, "Gotham has not only violated UST requirements, but has also repeatedly failed to provide its employees with hazardous waste training. This threatens not only the welfare of those employees but that of the community as well. Improper handling of toxic substances may result in injuries to workers and contamination of the environment."
 Gotham Ink and Color manufactures ink and ink products using pigments and solvents. The solvents and other flammable materials are stored in USTs as large as 1,500 gallons. The manufacturing process generates as much as 2,000 gallons per month of hazardous wastes which require proper handling by employees because of its toxicity and flammability.
 The agency issued an administrative order to Gotham Ink and Color for violations of storage, training and record-keeping requirements of RCRA and UST leak-detection requirements. Generators of hazardous waste are required to store their wastes in an appropriate manner and are required to ensure that all facility personnel have been properly trained so that they understand the regulations and the hazards posed by the wastes they are handling. Owners and operators of USTs are required to conduct leak detection for operating USTs and are required to conduct site assessments for all closed USTs. EPA is seeking full compliance with RCRA and $123,000 in penalties for these violations. The company's failure to comply is not believed to have caused any threat to human health.
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 /CONTACT: Mary Breitenbach of EPA, 212-264-2515/ CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Gotham Ink and Color Co.
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