June 24, 2018
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Bath Iron Works fined for waste infractions

By BETH BROGAN, Times Record

BATH, Maine — Bath Iron Works was fined $12,200 by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection for violating hazardous waste standards discovered during an inspection of the Bath and Brunswick facilities in December.

The violations and fine were detailed Thursday in a monthly enforcement report issued by the Maine DEP.

On Friday, BIW spokesman Jim DeMartini said the company “immediately undertook a series of corrective actions … and has taken appropriate steps to maintain compliance.”

According to the report, BIW violated department rules including failing to keep containers of hazardous waste paint closed except when adding or removing waste; failing to label or mark a container of hazardous waste with the words “Hazardous Waste”; accumulating hazardous waste for more than 90 days without a license to do so; failing to have an adequate containment and collection system in a hazardous waste storage area; and failing to conduct and record daily inspections of hazardous waste containers.

Those issues “were resolved to comply with the law, remediate environmental damage, restore natural resources to appropriate conditions and impose penalties to deter similar actions in the future,” according to the DEP.

Peter J. Carney, director of procedures and enforcement for the Maine DEP, said Friday that BIW was not fined previously in 2011.

The inspection in December was part of a regularly scheduled inspection process.

“The vast majority of items cited by the DEP were fully resolved within 24 hours,” DeMartini wrote in an email Friday to The Times Record. “Further, BIW has instituted additional steps to ensure ongoing compliance with DEP regulations including a review of hazardous waste procedures, increased training with respect to hazardous waste handling, storage and disposal as well as expanded oversight activities. BIW appreciates the regulatory compliance efforts of the department and the professionalism with which the inspection was conducted. BIW reacted quickly to the DEP’s findings and has taken appropriate steps to maintain compliance.”

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