No RCRA permit or hazwaste labels? Pay up!

Where did this company go wrong? 

Company: Dynamic Chromium Industries, Newburyport, MA.

Business: Precision chrome-plating and electroplating.

Penalty: $17,300.

Reasons for penalty: Dynamic got caught handling hazardous waste without a permit by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Inspectors cited the company for failure to:

• treat and store rinse water containing chromium properly

• mark containers filled with chromium debris clearly

• delineate its hazwaste storage area, and

• obtain a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) permit to treat and store hazwaste.

Note: Dynamic is complying with RCRA guidelines now. It installed an ion-exchange system that allows for reuse of rinse water. Its hazwaste storage area is now clearly marked and all containers are properly labeled and packaged before it’s shipped to a licensed treatment, storage and disposal facility. As a result, DEP suspended $10,000 of the company’s initial $27K fine.