New Bedford company settles with EPA over violation of hazardous waste laws

THE EPA announced that Star Plating Co. reached a settlement with the agency over 14 counts of violations of hazardous waste environmental regulations. / COURTESY ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
THE EPA announced that Star Plating Co. reached a settlement with the agency over 14 counts of violations of hazardous waste environmental regulations. / COURTESY ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

NEW BEDFORD – Southcoast Plating Inc., doing business as Star Plating Co., has settled with the Environmental Protection Agency over 14 counts of violations of environmental regulations, the EPA announced last week.

The company has agreed to pay $30,000, a figure devised due to “the company’s limited ability to pay,” according to the EPA. The EPA said that the company had also come into compliance with state and federal hazardous waste laws following the settlement.

The company, whose work applying metal coatings to hardware generates metal hydroxide sludge, a hazardous waste, had been charged with failing to properly store hazardous waste, failing to train workers, failing to maintain an up-to-date contingency plan, post required signs, provide required emergency equipment and failure to conduct weekly inspections of hazardous waste storage areas, among other things.

The EPA discovered the violations during an inspection in September 2017.

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“Following federal and state hazardous waste regulations helps ensure that these materials are properly managed, so workers and other people aren’t exposed to potentially harmful substances,” said EPA New England Acting Regional Administrator Deborah Szaro. “Carefully following hazardous waste regulations also helps prevent releases to the environment.”