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Dana Container, Inc., the owner and operator of a railcar cleaning and refurbishing facility in Wilmington, DE, will pay a $12,000 penalty to settle hazardous waste storage violations of regulations designed to protect public health and the environment, federal officials said.

The company received citations for violating federal and state safeguards governing the storage of hazardous waste, said officials at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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The federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and Delaware’s hazardous waste regulations are to protect public health and the environment, and avoid costly cleanups, by requiring the safe, environmentally sound storage and disposal of hazardous waste.

The hazardous wastes, generated at the facility from the cleaning of railcars, included benzene, vinyl acetate and waste solvent.

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Violations focused on how the materials ended up stored, and included failure to ship wastes offsite in a timely manner, failure to maintain proper records, and failure to maintain an adequate contingency plan.

As part of the settlement, the company has not admitted liability, but has certified it is now in compliance with the requirements cited by EPA.

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