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EPA fines three metal plating companies for waste, clean water violations

September 18, 2012
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LOS ANGELES — Three metal finishing companies will collectively spend more than $196,650 for hazardous waste and Clean Water Act violations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced.

The three companies — AAA Plating and Inspection, Morrell’s Electro Plating and Service Plating Co. Inc. — are located along the I-710 freeway corridor where the effects of pollution are disproportionately higher than in other areas of Los Angeles County.

AAA Plating and Inspection, located in Compton, Calif. has agreed to pay $74,000 in fines for failure to treat their industrial wastewater to federal standards before discharge into the Los Angeles County sewer system. Morrell’s Electro Plating, also located in Compton, Calif., will 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, reducing hazardous waste generated at the facility by 336 pounds a day. Service Plating Co. Inc., located in Los Angeles, Calif., 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, 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.”

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