East Greenwich battery manufacturing facility to pay $100K settlement after mishandling hazardous wastes

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EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (WLNE) — An East Greenwich battery manufacturing facility now has to pay a settlement of over $100,000 after mishandling hazardous wastes.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency said that EaglePicher Technologies, LLC, a Delaware company with a facility in East Greenwich, violated the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and federally-enforceable Rhode Island hazardous waste regulations.

A state inspection of the facility found that EaglePicher had kept hazardous waste in a storage tank for more than 90 days, failed to separate incompatible wastes in different containers, and failed to properly label and track accumulation times for universal wastes.

The company said that it has since fixed its RCRA violations and put a new set of compliance procedures into place.

“Safe storage and handling of hazardous wastes is necessary to protect local communities and workers from potentially dangerous exposure to harmful substances,” said the New England branch of the EPA.

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