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EPA Seeks $150,000 Penalty for Hazardous Waste Violations by New Hampshire Company

Release Date: 01/05/2001
Contact Information: Andrew Spejewski, EPA Press Office (617-918-1014)

BOSTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced it is proposing a penalty of $153,000 against the Bomar Company of Charlestown, NH for violating hazardous waste handling regulations. Bomar, formally incorporated as Pompanette Inc., fabricates aluminum parts for marine applications. The company generates a number of corrosive and metallic wastes.

According to a complaint issued this week, Bomar violated numerous hazardous waste requirements, including inadequate storing and handling of wastes, inadequate training personnel who manage hazardous waste, and failure to maintain a contingency plan for emergencies. The violations were discovered by EPA inspections in October, 1999.

The improper storage and handling posed direct risks to company workers and to the environment. For instance, Bomar's storage of incompatible wastes near each other could have resulted in a fire in the hazardous waste storage area. The lack of training for employees also increased the potential for dangerous handling of hazardous materials.

"Hazardous wastes are just that – hazardous. They can endanger employees and the surrounding community," said Mindy S. Lubber, regional administrator at EPA's New England Office. "Companies like Bomar need to take their environmental and safety responsibilities seriously and handle their wastes properly."