(BostonOctober 11, 2011) Rhodes Technologies…
In a complaint stemming from a September 2009 inspection, EPA alleges that Rhodes Technologies violated the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and its implementing regulations by failing to obtain required tank integrity assessments or provide secondary containment for seven of its hazardous waste tanks; failing to label pipes and other equipment associated with the tanks as being in hazardous waste service; and failing to perform required compliance inspections. These violations created a serious potential risk to human health and the environment in the event that any of the tanks accidently released hazardous wastes.
Rhodes also failed to properly determine
whether certain wastes were hazardous, failed to have a complete
emergency response plan, and failed to segregate incompatible
hazardous wastes. The complaint proposes a total penalty of
$251,439 for Rhodes’s violations.
Rhodes Technologies manufactures chemicals for the pharmaceutical industry. These manufacturing operations generate large amounts of hazardous wastes such as isopropyl alcohol and heptane, which are both highly flammable.
More information: EPA’s hazardous waste requirements [epa.gov/region1/enforcement/waste/index.html ]
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