Vermont News: Hazardous Waste Storage Company, Safety-Kleen Systems, Agrees to Pay $70,000 for Hazardous Waste Violations

Montpelier, VT (STL.News) – Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced today that his office has reached a settlement with Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc. to resolve violations of Vermont’s Hazardous Waste Management Regulations.  Under the court-approved settlement, Safety-Kleen resolved claims that it failed to properly identify and manage hazardous waste as required by the Hazardous Waste Management  Regulations and Safety-Kleen’s Hazardous Waste Facility Permit.

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources worked closely with the Attorney General’s Office in support of the case.  The alleged violations became a concern when the Agency reviewed Safety-Kleen’s “vacuum waste program” which is not permitted to accept hazardous waste.  Safety-Kleen self-reported that it had shipped waste from the vacuum waste program as non-hazardous waste which was subsequently determined to be hazardous.  After notice from the State, Safety-Kleen took corrective steps to address the violations to the satisfaction of the Agency.  Safety-Kleen also agreed to pay $70,000 in civil penalties for the violations.

The settlement was approved by the Washington Superior Court on March 14th.  The Attorney General’s Office notes that Safety-Kleen cooperated with the State in reaching a settlement.