New Hampshire based U.S. Army facility fined $89,500 by EPA.
Hanover, NH–(JusticeNewsFlash.com)—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) http://www.epa.gov/ cited the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory based in Hanover, N.H. for violations of the federal and state hazardous waste management laws totaling an upwards of $89,500, as reported by the EPA. According to an EPA inspection conducted in 2007, the research facility failed to determine whether several containers held hazardous wastes and neglected to properly label hazardous waste containers as required by federal and state laws. In addition, the laboratory failed to take measures to prevent spills or leaks near a drain located on the floor, which appeared to be collecting toxic waste known to be harmful to consumers and the environment.
According to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), companies, organizations, and workers producing hazardous waste must fully evaluate and disclose to the appropriate government agencies their waste so the proper action can be made on how to handle, store, and dispose of the various toxic materials. The Cold Regions Research Facility conducts research on the effects of the cold temperatures on construction operations, maintenance of cold weather area facilities, and the impacts of human activity on the environment in frigid regions. Also, the research laboratory performs cold-related problem solving for materials used in lower temperature to freezing environments and researches the characteristics, and nature of snow, ice, frozen ground, and other materials. Through this government research efforts by the U.S. Army, the facility generates laboratory chemical wastes. The EPA reports the Hanover military research and laboratory is currently in compliance with regulations.
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