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Unlawful Hazardous Waste Storage by Aerospace Industry, Warns EPA

An aerospace industry housed in Fort Smith in Arkansas has recently come to notice by the Environmental authorities of the United States. This particular attention can be attributed to the aerospace industry violating hazardous waste regulatory compliance’s. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) therefore put forth a settlement.

The settlement accuses various aerospace companies and businesses of improper management of the generated hazardous waste. It states that the waste that was supposed to be recycled was instead stored by the U.S. Technology Corporation operator. The storage was unlawful as the corporation operator did not gain a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) permit.

The U.S. Technology Corporation facility is meant to remove the hazardous waste situated near the Arkansas River. Amidst the speculations, the facility’s rights to function have been revoked.

The settlement put forth by EPA reflects the authority’s intent to protect human life. It also indicates the environmental perspective in ensuring adherence of companies with federal environmental laws, said David Gray, acting regional admin for Region 6.

David also declared that EPA would focus on finding the responsible companies exposing the communities and environment to added vulnerabilities or contamination. This is not the first time the U.S. Technology Corporation has come into trouble due to hazardous waste.

Back in 2018, Raymond William, owner and chief executive of the facility at the time, was found guilty of transporting 9 million pounds of hazardous waste from Mississippi to Missouri.

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