Bottle manufacturer to pay millions in hazardous waste fines

Company made mistakes in waste treatment, storage, disposal

Posted March 14, 2017

Hazardous waste management mistakes cost a California glass bottle manufacturing plant millions. According to the California Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC), the manufacturer agreed to pay $2 million in penalties for alleged violations discovered during multiple inspections in 2015.

The company allegedly illegally stored, treated, and disposed of hazardous waste at various areas at its facility. In addition, DTSC says the company failed to:

  • Minimize releases of hazardous waste to the environment;
  • Train employees to handle hazardous waste at the facility; and
  • Notify DTSC of several facility fires that occurred between 2006 and 2011.

As part of the settlement with DTSC, the company will work to prevent future violations, including better labeling and tracking of hazardous waste and implementing best practices to manage hazardous waste and used oil.

DTSC will direct the collected penalty into the agency’s Orphan Site Fund, which pays for the cleanup of sites that are not on the National Priorities List.

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