Nov 29, 201110:58 AMBlog
Kent hazardous waste company fined for fire
According to EPA, workers at Burlington Environmental caused two fires by mishandling hazardous waste and failing to comply with basic facility safety rules. "Improper hazardous waste handling can lead to dangerous situations," said Jeff Kenknight, manager of EPA's Hazardous Waste Compliance Unit in Seattle. "Facilities need to follow basic rules to run facilities safely and protect surrounding neighborhoods."
According to EPA documents related to the case, improper processing of lead-contaminated firing range filters and fertilizers started two fires at the facility in July 2009. The company also was cited for failing to store hazardous waste containers properly, storing incompatible wastes next to each other, faulty safety equipment and inadequate signage.
Burlington Environmental is a subsidiary of Philip Services Corp.