Neenah, Wis. — Bemis Co. Inc. will pay $78,000 to settle alleged violations of hazardous waste regulations at its plastic bag facility in West Hazleton, Pa., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced June 14.
Bemis was cited for violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), which is the federal law governing the treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste. Neenah-based Bemis did not admit liability, but certified its compliance with RCRA requirements.
The alleged violations involved storage rules for waste inks and solvents used to print on plastic bread bags. EPA said the company failed to maintain adequate aisle space for hazardous waste containers, failed to perform and record daily inspections of hazardous waste tanks; failed to provide secondary containment for the hazardous waste tanks; failed to provide volatile hazardous waste tanks with air emission controls; and failed to provide an adequate hazardous waste management training program.
Bemis officially became a subsidiary of Melbourne, Australia-based Amcor Ltd. on June 11.