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PPG Industries, Inc. Settles Hazardous Waste Violations at Springdale, Pa. Facilities

Contact Information: 
Roy Seneca (seneca.roy@epa.gov)

PHILADELPHIA (May 11, 2016) – Pittsburgh-based manufacturer PPG Industries, Inc. will pay a $59,000 penalty to settle alleged violations of hazardous waste regulations at the company’s coatings manufacturing and research facilities in Springdale, Pa. the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today. The settlement addresses compliance with regulations designed to protect public health and the environment by requiring the safe, environmentally sound storage and disposal of hazardous waste

The alleged violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) included failure to keep hazardous waste storage containers secured and deficiencies in documentation related to handling and disposal of hazardous waste.  

The violations involved hazardous materials such as waste paint, waste coatings, and spent solvents, including ignitable waste, cadmium, chromium, lead, and methyl ethyl ketone.

In addition to protecting public health and the environment, RCRA regulations are also designed to help the government and industries avoid long and extensive cleanups.

The settlement reflects the company’s compliance efforts, and its cooperation with EPA in the investigation.  As part of the settlement, PPG has not admitted liability, but has certified its compliance with applicable RCRA requirements.

For more information about hazardous waste and RCRA, visit http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/hazard/index.htm