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Sauder Woodworking To Pay Civil Penalty For OEPA Violations

K Sauder: "Violations Have Been Corrected"


Sauder Woodworking has agreed to pay a $15,600 civil penalty to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for nine hazardous waste violations.

The worst of the nine violations found by OEPA was that Sauder employees were transporting hazardous waste on a public street.

An OEPA press release said the company was, “transporting hazardous waste through the facility and along a public road to a hazardous waste storage location in another area on the property.”

Kevin Sauder, president and chief executive officer of Sauder Woodworking, said workers were moving hazardous waste, “from the Barre Road Plant to our Safety building on Middle Street. This involved driving about 50 feet on Middle Street, which had not been approved as a waste transportation road.”

Dina Pierce, spokesman for OEPA, sad the violation, “may seem kind of ticky-tacky,” but the way Ohio law is written, the company must have a special license to transport waste on a public roadway.

Pierce said the company resolved the issue by promising not to move hazardous waste on public roadways.

OEPA officials said hazardous materials generated by the company include catalyst and rinse water, cleaning solutions, paint- and solvent-soaked rags and debris, solid chromium waste, and acetone.

Some of the violations revolve around “universal waste.” which Pierce described as things such as spent batteries and fluorescent light bulbs, each of which contain hazardous materials.

2007 Inspection

Pierce said an OEPA inspector conducted an unannounced inspection in March, 2007.

Woodworking does not have a hazardous waste permit. It is considered a “large-quantity generator” by OEPA. Inspectors try to visit large-quantity generators once every five years.

Sauder and Pierce said none of the violations indicate there were any spills or leaks of hazardous materials that posed any threat to the environment or public health.

“The violations were mostly administrative,” Sauder said.

Other violations were

•failed to mark containers with accumulation date;

•failed to label containers with the words, “Hazardous Waste;”

•failed to conduct and record container inspections;

•failed to provide and document personnel training for employees who handle hazardous waste;

•failed to conduct and document testing of emergency equipment;

•failed to label and date universal waste batteries and lamps;

•failed to ensure that employees are thoroughly familiar with proper universal waste management.

“All of the violations have been corrected,” Sauder said.

Penalty

Under an agreement between OEPA and the company, Sauder Woodworking will pay a total of $15,600.

Of that total, $12,480 will be paid to OEPA’s hazardous waste cleanup fund.

The remaining $3,120 will go to OEPA’s Clean Diesel School Bus Fund.


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