A Lowell, MA, manufacturer of fiber products paid a $150,000 fine for not complying to federal and state hazardous waste laws, federal officials said.
Specialty Materials Inc. agreed to pay $150,000 to settle Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allegations the company violated the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and Massachusetts hazardous waste management regulations.
Specialty Materials generates hazardous wastes in the process of manufacturing fiber products and composite materials used in aerospace, sporting, and industrial applications.
Hazardous wastes generated at the company include: Methylene chloride, solids and wastewater contaminated with mercury, methyl ethyl ketone, resin and solids contaminated with acetone, isopropyl alcohol, various flammable liquids, waste epoxy and adhesive cleaner, and waste aerosols.
In July 2014, an EPA inspection identified 14 violations of RCRA and Massachusetts regulations, including Specialty Materials had failed to properly store, handle and manage hazardous wastes; ensure proper safety and emergency preparedness measures were followed; maintain appropriate records about storage and handling of hazardous materials, and provide adequate personnel training.