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Sherwin-Williams to pay for hazardous waste

Sherwin-Williams has agreed to pay $570,000 to settle alleged violations of hazardous waste regulations at its paint manufacturing facility at 2325 Hollins Ferry Rd. in Baltimore, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced. 

EPA cited Sherwin-Williams for violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), which governs the treatment, storage and disposal of hazardous waste.

EPA alleged the following violations:
• Storage of 55-gal. drums of waste paint for greater than 90 days;
• Failure to date and properly label hazardous waste containers;
• Failure to properly close and prevent hazardous waste containers from leaking;
• Failure to comply with certain inspection requirements for hazardous waste containers; and
• Failure to immediately respond to a release at the facility.

As part of the settlement, Sherwin-Williams has neither admitted nor denied liability for the alleged violations, but has certified its compliance with applicable RCRA requirements. 

The RCRA is designed to protect public health and the environment, and avoid costly cleanups by requiring the safe, environmentally sound storage and disposal of hazardous waste.