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EPA reaches settlement with the Powder Shop for hazardous waste violations

Powder coating service violated the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sign is seen on the podium at EPA headquarters in Washington, U.S., July
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sign is seen on the podium at EPA headquarters in Washington, U.S., July 11, 2018. REUTERS/Ting Shen

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has settled with Cedar Rapids powder coating company the Powder Shop after the EPA said it failed to perform hazardous waste procedures.

According to a statement from the EPA, the Powder Shop paid a civil penalty of $19,000 in addition to bringing the facility back to compliance.

Inspectors had found the company had failed to determine whether certain wastes were hazardous.

Also, the company hadn’t complied with waste generation and handling requirements and didn’t implement emergency procedures, as well as not labeling used oil containers correctly. One such container was found leaking, the release stated.

“The kinds of waste produced by the Powder Shop may cause uncontrolled fires or may lead to injury or death if ingested or absorbed,” the release stated.

Powder Shop officials could not be reached for comment.

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