Bath shipyard fined for hazardous waste violations

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BATH — Bath Iron Works has paid a $12,200 fine imposed by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection for violation of hazardous waste standards.

According to DEP’s April 2012 monthly enforcement report, BIW’s violations included failure to keep hazardous waste containers closed except when waste was added or removed, not marking or labeling such a container with the term “Hazardous Waste,” accumulating hazardous waste for more than 90 days without a license allowing the shipyard to do so, and failure to have a sufficient collection and containment system in a hazardous waste storage area.

BIW spokesman Jim DeMartini said in an e-mail Tuesday that the shipyard immediately took a series of corrective actions to address the violations found during DEP’s inspection last December. He said the “vast majority” of items DEP cited were completely resolved within 24 hours.

DeMartini added that BIW has taken extra steps to ensure continued compliance with DEP regulations, such as a hazardous waste procedures review; added training with regard to handling, storing and disposing of hazardous waste, and broadened oversight activities.

BIW was cited this spring by the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration for “alleged repeat and serious violations of workplace safety standards,” after a safety inspection by OSHA’s Augusta office.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.