Penalties for improper storage of hazardous waste add up to $5,500

A second Tualatin business has been fined by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

Specialized Pavement Marking, Inc., located at 11095 S.W. Industrial Way, was hit with penalties totaling $5,550 for hazardous waste violations, including the company’s failure to use proper documentation when transporting “ignitable waste solvents” from its road marking services facility and for improper closure of bins containing hazardous materials.

The company was cited, but not fined, for not properly labeling hazardous waste containers.

The DEQ levied a $3,900 fine for the improper transport of waste materials, which is a class I violation, as well as a $1,650 civil penalty for not keeping a lid on containers storing hazardous waste run-off off-site, which is a class II violation.

Specialized Pavement Marking is categorized as a “small quantity generator” of flammable solvents that are produced from parts-cleaning equipment. The facility must also dispose of used toluene, which has properties similar to paint thinner.

The company was previously cited for similar infractions in 2006, and was subsequently issued a warning letter in 2007.

Specialized Pavement Marking is the fourth Tualatin business to receive hazardous waste violation fines from the DEQ since May 2012. The company was informed of DEQ penalties on June 18 and has 20 days from that date to either pay the fines in full or to appeal the DEQ’s decision.

Calls to Pavement Marking, Inc., were not returned by press deadline.

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