BALTIMORE (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says paint-maker Sherwin-Williams Co. has agreed to pay $570,000 for alleged hazardous waste violations at a Baltimore plant.
The EPA announced the civil penalty Tuesday, saying the company was cited for failing to immediately respond to and prevent leaks of hazardous materials.
The federal agency says the company has not admitted or denied liability, but the penalty reflects compliance efforts and cooperation in the investigation by Sherwin-Williams. A Sherwin-Williams spokesman said the company had no further comment.
The EPA says the penalty was leveled following a June 2009 inspection and a follow-up investigation that led to citations for violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, which governs hazard waste treatment, storage and disposal.
EPA documents show inspectors found dozens of damaged or leaking 55-gallon drums.