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Improper Paint Storage Spurs EPA Fines

Friday, November 6, 2015

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An Alaskan construction company has agreed to pay the federal Environmental Protection Agency $140,000 to settle allegations that it improperly handled and stored hazardous paint and roofing waste.

UIC Roofing and UIC Construction Yard, subsidiaries of UIC Construction Services, of Anchorage, each faced charges that they had violated the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), according to a statement the EPA released Wednesday (Nov. 4).

The companies each entered into separate consent agreements with the EPA for failing to follow federal guidelines required under the RCRA, the EPA said. UIC Roofing agreed to pay $59,724 to settle the claims, while UIC Construction Yard agreed to pay $80,456, according to the consent orders.

Compliance Issues

According to the consent agreements, the company that became known as UIC Roofing transported two 55-gallon drums and one cubic yard box containing paint-related and roofing-related hazardous waste to property owned by UIC Construction Yard on Oct. 19, 2010.

A spokeswoman for the EPA said Thursday (Nov. 5) that the waste materials included F406 Waterstop, Code Blue, Neoguard Epoxy and miscellaneous paints. Each of the waste products was ignitable or toxic, or both, the spokeswoman said.

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According to the EPA, UIC Construction Services has agreed to pay $140,000 for improperly moving and storing paint- and roofing-related waste and violating the RCRA.

The consent agreement also said the waste was described as containing several chemicals, including arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, and lead.

In the EPA’s statement, the agency said UIC Roofing—which was known as Rain Proof Roofing LLC at the time of the alleged incident—failed to obtain generator and transporter identification numbers prior to transporting hazardous waste; did not prepare a hazardous waste manifest; and did not dispose of the waste at an approved RCRA facility.

On Thursday, the EPA spokeswoman said that Rain Proof Roofing had sold its assets to UIC Construction Services and was removing the waste from its former property to the UIC Construction Yard. After UIC Construction Services contacted the EPA to obtain the necessary permission to transfer and store the waste, the agency learned that it already had been improperly moved and stored, she said.

The waste remained stored at the UIC Construction Yard until April 1, 2011, when the parent company—UIC Construction Services—transferred the waste to an approved RCRA facility. As a result, the EPA said, UIC Construction Yard violated the RCRA because it did not have a permit to store the paint-related waste.

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UIC Roofing, formerly Rain Proof Roofing LLC, will pay $59,724 to settle the claims, while UIC Construction Yard will pay $80,456, according to settlement agreements.

“Improperly managing hazardous waste puts people and our environment at risk from exposure to harmful substances,” said Ed Kowalski, director of EPA’s Pacific Northwest Office of Compliance and Enforcement, in the EPA’s statement. “Compliance with federal hazardous waste rules helps companies protect their workers, their community, and their bottom line by avoiding costly fines.”

Company Profile

According to its website, UIC Construction Services is a subsidiary of Ukpeagvik Iñupiat Corporation and serves as a parent company to Kautaq Construction; Rockford Corporation; and SIKU Construction. UIC Construction, founded in 1978, serves as a general construction company, while it and its subsidiaries offer a range of services from 8(a) and Hubzone residential and commercial work to heavy mechanical work, such as pipelines and tank construction.

A message left with the company on Thursday seeking comment was not immediately returned.

According to the EPA, UIC Construction Services had 30 days from Oct. 16 to make the payments or face additional penalties.

   

Tagged categories: EPA; EPA; Government; Hazardous waste; Lead; Paint; Roofing materials

Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (11/6/2015, 8:54 AM)

Paperwork violations, not any actual environmental emissions and the fines are higher than the median OSHA fine for a safety violation that kills a worker.


Comment from M. Halliwell, (11/9/2015, 11:17 AM)

Tom, I agree these are paperwork violations....but too many of these sites end up becoming much, much more than that. If the paperwork trail isn't there, it's too easy to forget about it. I keep more than a little busy dealing with the after-effects of what we call "the little site that leaked." That said, it's good to hear that the OSHA fines are increasing (another recent article in PaintSquare) as the OSHA fines have been too small (IMHO) for too long.


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