LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced settlements totaling nearly $200,000 with three Southland metal finishing companies for hazardous waste and Clean Water Act violations.
All three facilities are located along the I-710 freeway corridor,where the effects of pollution are disproportionately higher than in other areas of Los Angeles County, according to the EPA.
According to federal regulators, AAA Plating and Inspection, located in Compton, has agreed to pay $74,000 in fines for failure to treat its industrial wastewater to federal standards before discharge into the county’s sewer system.
Morrell’s Electro Plating, also located in Compton, agreed to pay $19,500 in fines for the improper management and treatment of hazardous waste. In addition, Morrell’s will spend at least $100,000 on the purchase and installation of a sludge dryer to reduce hazardous waste generated at the facility by 336 pounds a day, according to the EPA.
Officials said Service Plating Co. Inc., located in Los Angeles, will pay $3,150 for failure to properly label hazardous waste containers at its facility.
“The violation of federal regulations at metal finishing companies poses a risk to workers, as well as surrounding residents,” said Jared Blumenfeld, the EPA’s regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest.
“EPA will continue to rigorously enforce against facilities like these especially those located in the I-710 corridor, a priority area for the agency,” he said.