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Coatings Maker Settles Hazardous Waste Case

Friday, January 20, 2017

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A Vermont-based coatings manufacturer has agreed to design and install a new system to capture and control solvent vapors at its manufacturing facility to resolve a case with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The agreement, announced Thursday (Jan. 18), states that C.E. Bradley Laboratories in Brattleboro will spend $272,711 on a solvent-emission capture and control system.

The company, which produces coatings for wood, metal, graphic arts and plastic industries, will also pay a $71,000 fine to the federal agency.

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According to C.E. Bradley's website, the company has formulating coatings for wood, metal and other surfaces since 1939.

The settlement resolves allegations that C.E. Bradley failed to comply with applicable federal and state hazardous waste laws.

According to an EPA complaint issued in 2015, C.E. Bradley faced nine claims of violations of hazardous waste regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

EPA Allegations

The case stems from an August 2014 inspection of the facility in which inspectors said they found numerous drums of hazardous waste that were alleged to have been stored for well over 90 days; rags contaminated with solvents hung to dry; hazardous wastes stored in open containers; and a cracked and deteriorated concrete containment area in the main hazardous waste storage area.

Storing hazardous wastes in open containers and the open air drying of solvent-contaminated rags resulted in emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to the air, EPA said.

The illegal storage of hazardous waste for an extended time period, and cracked and deteriorated containment could have resulted in hazardous wastes being released to the environment, the agency noted.

The company was not available for comment Thursday.


Tagged categories: Air quality; Coatings manufacturers; Emissions; Enforcement; EPA; Ethics; Hazardous waste; Health and safety; Workers

Comment from Catherine Brooks of Eco-Strip, (1/20/2017, 3:06 PM)

I've been on the other side of a warehouse complex's connecting cement wall next to a furniture refinisher. My employee had to go home from fumes. The owner pleaded that the work area was properly exhausted. It took a threat of a fire company visit to get action. I pity the undocumented immigrant who worked there every day.

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