[ADEQ Media] A.A. Sydcol, LLC of Yuma to Pay $30, 000 Penalty to Resolve Hazardous Waste Violations in Yuma County
Tue Oct 18 14:39:50 MST 2011
PHOENIX (Oct. 18, 2011) - The Arizona Department of Environmental
Quality (ADEQ) and Arizona Attorney General's Office announced today
that A.A. Sydcol, LLC of Yuma has agreed to pay a $30,000 penalty for
hazardous waste violations at its waste management plant in Yuma County.
The Sydcol facility serves as a transfer facility for waste from
off-site generators and its services include recycling and consolidation
of waste before it is transported by another company to landfills in the
During an inspection of the facility by ADEQ's Hazardous Waste
Inspections and Compliance Unit in September 2007, compliance officers
noticed a strong odor of solvents coming from 85 55-gallon drums of
waste paint, some of which were open, on a loading dock.
A company employee then poured the material from part of several drums
into an open metal pan and lit it on fire with matches, a test he
referred to as the "open flame ignitability" test. The recommended way
to conduct the test is to send a sample to a State of Arizona certified
laboratory for a flash-point determination or an equivalent test method
approved by ADEQ.
Solid waste that is ignitable is a type of regulated hazardous waste
which Sydcol cannot legally possess or send to a solid waste landfill
A.A. Sydcol, LLC was issued a notice of violation in February 2008 for
failure to perform a proper waste determination, failure to follow
preparedness and prevention requirements and failure to properly
manifest hazardous waste.
"In addition to these serious violations, the company employee put
himself, co-workers and ADEQ inspectors at risk by striking a match in
that environment," ADEQ Director Henry Darwin said.
"Arizona companies must comply with the requirements that guide
hazardous waste handling and disposal," said Arizona Attorney General
The consent judgment is subject to court approval.
Arizona Dept. of Environmental Quality
Arizona Attorney General's Office
1110 West Washington Street
1275 West Washington Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Contact: Mark Shaffer, (602) 771-2215
Contact: Amy Rezzonico, (602) 542-8019
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