The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fined a commercial waste hauler in Rhode Island over fifty eight thousand dollars in fines and over two hundred and fifty thousand dollars in community service clean-up work for violating federal and state hazardous waste regulations.
In additional to the monetary fine, PSC Environmental Services will be required to perform community service work by removing outdated and unwanted toxic chemicals from sixty public school buildings throughout the Providence area. The school clean out will also include hazardous waste training for teachers and donating safety equipment such as storage cabinets for flammable chemicals and eye washes.
The EPA charged PSC Environmental Services with failure to properly label, identify and properly maintain hazardous wastes containers at the company’s Providence facility. PSC was also charged with improperly storing hazardous waste and contributing to an increased risk of fire and toxic explosions.
In addition to the fine and community service, PSC will also ensure that its facility remains maintains compliance with all waste management regulations and will be monitored by EPA enforcement officials during its probation period.
WasteCare Wants You to Remember: Many businesses has some form of hazardous chemicals on hand – whether you’re in construction, landscaping, manufacturing, or facility maintenance, it pays to stay knowledge about the laws and regulations regarding toxic materials and have a plan to ensure those laws are followed. Failure to do so can end up costing both your bank account and your professional reputation!