NAWS fined for waste handling

NAWS fined for waste handlingThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Oct. 3 a settlement with the Department of the Navy for improperly managing hazardous waste at the Naval Air Weapons Station in China Lake. Under the agreement, the federal facility will pay a $23,700 penalty.

“It is critical for federal agencies to comply with laws that protect public health and our natural resources,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Mike Stoker. “This agreement will bring the Department of the Navy into compliance with hazardous waste laws and help minimize the potential for hazardous waste releases to the environment.”

EPA’s 2018 inspections identified violations of Resource Conservation and Recovery Act regulations. RCRA rules require the safe management of hazardous waste to protect public health and the environment and to prevent the need for costly and extensive cleanups.

Violations identified during the inspection included:

• Failure to comply with a permit condition that requires deteriorating containers to be replaced or put inside larger containers in good condition at the point of generation.

• Failure to keep hazardous waste containers closed.

• Failure to properly manage universal wastes.

The facility has resolved the identified violations and is now in compliance with the RCRA requirements.

Phone calls and e-mails placed to the NAWS Public Affairs Office were not returned by press time.

Story First Published: 2019-10-11