Three plastics companies paid fines totaling $30,150 for violations of air pollution and hazardous waste regulations as determined by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
The three - Omnova Solutions Inc., headquartered in Fairlawn, Ohio; Polymer Concentrates Inc. of Clinton, Mass.; and ECM Plastics Inc. of Worcester, Mass. - all cooperated with DEP officials and either have corrected or are working to correct the problems.
Omnova was fined $21,500 for violating regulations governing air-pollution control and hazardous-waste storage at its Fitchburg, Mass., chemical facility.
During inspections in November and December 2000 and April 2001, DEP found that Omnova had failed to properly maintain its air-pollution control and monitoring equipment, and had exceeded the emission limit for volatile organic compounds.
DEP also found that the company had altered its air-pollution-control equipment without notifying DEP, had not maintained records for the equipment and had failed to notify DEP of operational problems with the equipment. Other violations included not marking a hazardous waste storage area and improperly labeling containers.
In an administrative consent order, Omnova agreed to the penalty and to take immediate corrective action.
``We take the matter seriously and went to work right away to correct the problems,'' said Sandi Noah, director of communications at Omnova Solutions.
Polymer Concentrates paid a $6,000 fine in May for excessive noise, failure to maintain and monitor particulate control equipment, hazardous waste management deficiencies and failure to apply for a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System storm-water permit. A DEP spokesman said that the fine had been higher, but a fine of $6,500 had been suspended pending corrective action.
The order requires Polymer Concentrates to comply with regulations and to conduct an Environmental System analysis along with an odor and noise study. Company officials declined to comment.
ECM Plastics paid a $2,650 fine after DEP found the company was generating more waste oil than was allowed under its designation as a very small generator of hazardous waste. DEP also found that waste oil was stored in a container not covered or labeled properly and the firm had failed to post a hazardous waste sign.
DEP inspected ECM in December and the consent order was signed Jan. 29. DEP released the information in May.
According to ECM Plastics President Wayne Marquis, the oversight was corrected quickly and a new permit was obtained within a month.