Printer Friendly

HAWAII HAZARDOUS WASTE ENFORCEMENT NETS EPA $800,000 IN PENALTIES

 SAN FRANCISCO, July 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today reached agreements with three Oahu companies settling charges that the companies violated federal hazardous waste management regulations. Under the agreements, the facilities will pay penalties totalling $800,000 and take measures to prevent pollution from their hazardous waste management operations.
 "This enforcement sweep sends a clear message to Hawaii's hazardous waste handlers that they must strictly follow federal regulations or else face severe penalties," said Jeff Zelikson, director of hazardous waste management for U.S. EPA's western region.
 The three companies are: BHP Petroleum Americas Refining Inc. (formerly Hawaiian Independent Refinery Inc.), Unitek Environmental Services Inc., and Safety-Kleen, a hazardous waste recycling business operated by Unitek.
 Under the first of the three settlements, BHP Petroleum will pay a penalty totalling $500,000 to settle charges of hazardous waste violations at its petroleum refinery at 91-325 Komohana St., Ewa Beach. The penalty includes a $300,000 cash payment and a $200,000 credit for the installation of double bottoms and leak detection systems in three crude oil storage tanks.
 BHP Petroleum is in the process of closing three surface impoundments that held liquid hazardous waste at its refinery. The facility has also agreed to investigate possible soil and groundwater contamination.
 Under the second settlement, Unitek will pay a penalty of $165,000 to settle charges of hazardous waste violations at its facility in the Campbell Industrial Park at Ewa Beach, which is the only commercial hazardous waste storage facility in the state. Unitek has already corrected most of its violations and has agreed to correct the rest by conducting regular inspections of its waste storage area and implementing a revised plan to regularly analyze its waste.
 Under the third settlement, Safety-Kleen will pay a penalty of $135,000 to settle charges of hazardous waste violations at its facility at 2889 Mokumoa St., Honolulu. In addition, Safety-Kleen must complete measures currently underway to ensure the safe, permanent closure of a former hazardous waste storage area at the site, including removal of a 5,000-gallon spent solvent storage tank and testing the surrounding soil for potential contamination. Safety-Kleen is a hazardous waste recycling business operated by Unitek.
 -0- 7/21/93
 /CONTACT: Paula Bruin of U.S. EPA, 415-744-1587/


CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; BPI Petroleum Americas
 Refining Inc.; Unitek Environmental Services Inc.; Safety-Kleen ST: Hawaii IN: ENV SU: EXE


TM -- SF008 -- 4006 07/21/93 13:41 EDT
COPYRIGHT 1993 PR Newswire Association LLC
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 1993 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:PR Newswire
Date:Jul 21, 1993
Words:412
Previous Article:MARATHON REALTY CO.: NEW FEDERAL COURTHOUSE PROPOSAL WOULD SAVE TAXPAYERS $75 MILLION
Next Article:BON JOVI TO AID AMERICAN RED CROSS FLOOD RELIEF EFFORT BY COLLECTING DONATIONS AT PINE KNOB TUESDAY
Topics:


Related Articles
U.S. EPA GETS TOUGH ON TOXICS: RECORD PENALTIES IN 1991
EPA FILES COMPLAINTS AGAINST TWO N.J. COMPANIES FOR HAZARDOUS WASTE VIOLATIONS
EPA ANNOUNCES ENFORCEMENT INITIATIVE UNDER THE BOILER AND INDUSTRIAL FURNACE RULE OF RCRA
U.S. EPA SETTLES HAZARDOUS WASTE VIOLATIONS AT LILLY INDUSTRIES
U.S. EPA CITES HONOLULU UNDERGROUND TANK VIOLATIONS
U.S. EPA SETTLES HAZARDOUS WASTE VIOLATIONS AT SADD LAUNDRY
STEEL MANUFACTURING PLANT TO PAY PENALTY AND CLEAN UP FACILITY
U.S. EPA FINES SCHOFIELD FOR VIOLATING HAZARDOUS WASTE LAW
U.S. EPA CITES THREE HAWAII WOOD TREATERS FOR WASTE VIOLATIONS
U.S. EPA CITES SEVEN FACILITIES FOR UNDERGROUND TANK VIOLATIONS

Terms of use | Copyright © 2016 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters