Air Force agrees to pay $206,811 EPA penalty for hazardous waste violations at Eareckson Air Station in Alaska | US EPA


SEATTLE (June 23, 2022) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency introduced immediately that the U.S. Air Force has agreed to pay a $206,811 penalty for hazardous waste storage and dealing with violations at the Eareckson Air Station on Shemya Island in Alaska.

In an settlement signed final week, EPA alleges the Air Force saved hazardous wastes at the air station with out a allow and failed to correctly label and examine waste containers and an above-ground storage tank in which the hazardous wastes had been saved.

EPA discovered that the Air Force improperly saved greater than a ton of hazardous paints, hydrochloric acid, methyl ethyl ketone, and oxidizers, and greater than 25 tons of hazardous waste gasoline and oil. These wastes had been saved for years longer than allowed below the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act which governs the dealing with of hazardous wastes.

The company additionally decided the Air Force failed to correctly handle its common waste, together with batteries, lamps, and aerosol cans.

In addition to paying the $206,811 penalty, the Air Force has additionally agreed to ship off-site and correctly dispose of roughly 55,000 kilos of hazardous waste by the tip of June 2022, enhance its hazardous waste and common waste administration practices, and appropriately shut the world the place hazardous waste was improperly saved.

EPA rigorously enforces our hazardous waste rules to guarantee these wastes are managed in ways in which defend folks’s well being and the surroundings,” stated Ed Kowalski, director of the Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Division of EPA’s Region 10 workplace in Seattle. “We’re grateful that the Air Force has acknowledged its errors and stepped up to its duties to repair the issue.

Details of the violations EPA discovered at Eareckson Air Base could be discovered in the Consent Agreement and Final Order.

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Contact: Bill Dunbar/Dunbar.invoice@epa.gov/206-553-1019

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