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Press Release

March 30, 2010
Churchill Coatings Corporation

WATERBURY - The Department of Environmental Conservation’s Compliance and Enforcement Division today announced that it has formally settled environmental violations involving Churchill Coatings Corporation. The company operates a coating facility in North Springfield. The settlement includes a $17,000 penalty.

Through the Agency’s investigation, it was discovered that the company violated provisions of the Vermont Hazardous Waste Management Regulations. In the course of doing business, the company stored containers of waste paints and thinners in a tractor trailer located adjacent to the facility. The containers had been filled in 2005 and stored in the trailer since that time, were not properly labeled, did not have aisle space between them, and as a result did not have visible labels. The trailer was located outdoors with no ability to control its interior temperature, spill and fire control equipment were not available in its immediate area, warning signs were not posted, an inventory of the waste in the trailer was not being maintained, and daily inspections of the trailer were not being conducted. An inspection of the facility revealed that rags used to clean the coating machines with mineral spirits were disposed with regular solid waste, and therefore no hazardous waste determination was made. In addition the facility did not have an up-to-date Site ID form.

The matter was investigated by Environmental Enforcement Officer Gary Urich. After the investigation was completed, Churchill Coatings Corporation was notified of the violations and agreed to settle the matter. In response to Agency directives, the company characterized and properly disposed of the hazardous waste stored in the trailer, which is no longer being used for hazardous waste storage. It also established new procedures for storing hazardous waste inside the facility, created a waste inventory log, daily inspection log, properly labeled its hazardous waste accumulation drum, and submitted an updated Site ID from. It has also taken steps to reduce the quantity of hazardous waste generated by re-using coating and cleaning materials.

The settlement was reduced to an Assurance of Discontinuance and was so ordered by the Environmental Court. In it, Churchill Coatings Corporation agreed to comply with the Vermont Hazardous Waste Management Regulations in the operation of its business. It was also agreed that it will pay a civil penalty of $17,000 to the State of Vermont for the violations.

Involved Program: Hazardous Waste Management Division of the Department of Environmental Conservation
Environmental Enforcement Officer: Gary Urich
For Further Information please contact:
Attorney John Zaikowski at 802-241-3820 or email to john.zaikowski@state.vt.us

 

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