Riverside County Manufacturer: Despite EPA Fine, Procedures Comply With Federal Regulations

Biohazard danger symbol-Photographer: futureatlas.com
Biohazard danger symbol-Photographer: futureatlas.com

RIVERSIDE (CNS) – A Riverside-based chemicals manufacturing company that was fined for failing to adhere to federal hazardous waste disposal regulations released a statement today saying that its practices are in compliance with federal law and there was never a threat to public safety.

“Dura Coat Products Inc. takes environmental compliance seriously and regularly audits its processes and procedures to ensure the highest levels of compliance,” according to the company statement.
  
Dura Coat, which manufactures coats and seals for aluminum surfaces, was found to be in violation of the Resource Conservation & Recovery Act, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Officials said that waste disposal issues, including improper storage, were uncovered during a July 31, 2018, inspection, resulting in a $30,000 fine.
  
“We immediately corrected all alleged violations and agreed to pay a small fine,” according to Dura Coat’s statement. “There was no risk to the public, the environment or any of our employees at any time. We also implemented new processes to ensure no recurrence of these issues — including additional employee training and management oversight of waste storage.”
  
The corrective measures were part of an agreement reached between the EPA and Dura Coat, which has been in operation since the 1980s.
  
“Facilities must take the proper steps to ensure that their hazardous waste is managed to safeguard employees, their community and the surrounding environment,” EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Mike Stoker said Monday.
  
More information is available at https://www.epa.gov/rcra.

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