LOS ANGELES - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently fined Chandler, Ariz.-based Triumph Precision Castings Co. $10,000 for violating hazardous waste requirements of a federal law known as the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
Triumph Precision Castings Co. is located in the Gila River Indian Community, and produces industrial and aerospace applications castings.
During a June 2007 inspection, EPA investigators found several violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, including:
· Failure to implement the contingency plan during an emergency;
· Failure to have the name, address and telephone number of the emergency coordinator in the contingency plan;
· Failure to meet all of the training requirements for personnel handling hazardous waste.
“Ensuring a proper response to hazardous waste emergencies is a priority,” said Jeff Scott, the EPA's Waste Management Division director for the Pacific Southwest region. “Firms such as Triumph, which generate hazardous waste, must follow federal regulations to better protect their employees, surrounding communities and the environment."
Triumph Precision Castings Co. has since corrected the violations.
The EPA's hazardous waste rules require facilities to properly store, label and seal hazardous waste containers. Facilities must also have properly trained staff, as improperly stored hazardous waste can potentially spill and pose a risk to workers and the environment.