EPA Fines Recycler For PCBs

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has recently fined a Phoenix, Arizona recycler in excess of seventy thousand dollars for the illegal and improper handling and disposal of PCB (polychlorinated biphenyls) hazardous waste materials at its operations facility.

Lighting Resources was cited for failure to safeguard worker safety and health as well as endangering the environment of the surrounding community. In addition to the monetary fine, the company must also develop and conform to a corrective action plan and show improvement in safety and proper disposal and recycling practices involving toxic waste materials.

PCBs are frequently used in plastics, industrial equipment, paints, and electrical transformers. The substance is incorporated into the Toxic Substances Control Act and is therefore closely monitored for compliance. Inspections by the regional EPA division cited Lighting Resources for improperly labeling containers of  PCB and other hazardous waste materials as well as failure to keep documentation regarding the transportation of PCB-contaminated materials.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: If your business deals with PCBs or other forms of hazardous waste, it’s essential to be informed of and to follow federal and state regulations. Documentation and paperwork is crucial for compliance, so be sure you have the right person handling this essential procedure!