INDUSTRY — Officials at a battery recycling plant have agreed to close part of a hazardous waste storage facility and pay a $60,000 penalty to settle a suit filed by the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA officials announced this week.
The suit filed by the U. S. attorney's office last year charged Quemetco Inc., a subsidiary of RSR Corp., with releasing hazardous wastes into the ground and water and failing to comply with a 1985 deadline to clean up the site.
Quemetco reached an agreement with the EPA to close a portion of the facility where an asphalt-lined pond was used to store hazardous liquid waste, a violation of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, said Terry Wilson, an EPA spokesman.
Quemetco also agreed to take soil samples and install ground water monitoring wells throughout the site to determine whether hazardous waste has contaminated the area. If contamination is present at levels that may affect humans or the environment, the company will pay for the necessary cleanup operation, Wilson said.