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U.S. EPA SUES HAWAIIAN WESTERN STEEL AND JAMES CAMPBELL ESTATE FOR WASTE VIOLATIONS

 U.S. EPA SUES HAWAIIAN WESTERN STEEL
 AND JAMES CAMPBELL ESTATE FOR WASTE VIOLATIONS
 SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced it has filed a civil complaint in U.S. District Court in Hawaii against Hawaiian Western Steel Limited Inc. for violations of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), which governs the proper management of hazardous waste. The complaint seeks to require cleanup actions and impose fines on the defendants. The complaint also names the Estate of James Campbell, the owner of land at Hawaiian Western Steel's plant and landfill sites, as a defendant.
 "This company polluted the environment, and the law says polluters must pay," said Jeff Zelikson, director of hazardous waste management for U.S. EPA's western regional office. "We intend to prevent polluters from profiting at the expense of public health. The estate as landowner is also liable for the violations under RCRA."
 The Hawaiian Western Steel facility is a secondary steel mill that manufactures steel reinforcing rods from scrap metal. Hawaiian Western Steel voluntarily shut the plant down in March 1991. When in operation, the plant generated up to two tons of hazardous waste per day, in the form of "baghouse dust" laden with lead and cadmium. Exposure to lead can cause kidney and brain damage, and retard growth in fetuses and children. Exposure to cadmium has been linked to cancer, pulmonary diseases, and bone damage.
 The complaint charges that improper waste management practices at the facility and the nearby landfill, where some of the baghouse dust was deposited, caused lead and cadmium to be released into the environment. Hawaiian Western Steel is also charged with operating hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facilities without a permit, failing to properly label and date hazardous waste containers, and failing to comply with groundwater monitoring and landfill closure requirements.
 Each violation carries a penalty of up to $25,000 per day.
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 /CONTACT: Paula Bruin of the U.S. EPA, 415-744-1587/ CO: United States Environmental Protection Agency ST: Hawaii IN: SU:


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