The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has filed, and a state court has approved, a stipulation settling claims that a hazardous waste management facility failed to report operational releases. California v. Chem. Waste Mgmt., Inc., Cal. Super. Ct., No. BC503093, (Cal. Super. Ct. 3/22/13).
According to state regulators, the alleged violations primarily consisted of failure to report 72 hazardous waste spills at the facility during a four-year period. The state said that the spills were less than 5 pounds each and did not pose a significant risk to workers or nearby communities. The settlement calls for a fine in excess of $291,000, with reimbursement of nearly $20,000 in agency costs. See DTSC—Fact Sheet, March 2013.