Tuesday July 19, 2011
Manufacturers often use toxic chemicals in their production process and it is often difficult and expensive to store or dispose of those chemicals. Companies are required to report when certain hazardous materials are stored on site. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires that companies properly store hazardous materials so that they will not pollute the environment. The regulations require that in a facility there is sufficient aisle space to provide access for inspections and to improve the ease of material transport, in addition the material should be stored in containers in accordance with the manufacturers' directions, and stored in a suitably covered area.
The EPA recently fined a manufacturer and supplier of steel pipe, Tenaris Global Services, for violations of environmental regulations at seven facilities related to the public reporting of toxic chemicals in three states. The company has agreed to pay $717,324 in penalties for failing to report quantities of chemicals including lead, manganese, nickel, nitrate compounds, xylene, chromium, nitric acid, glycol ethers and zinc compounds.