Fresno plant fined $34,600 by EPA for waste violations

The Fresno BeeJune 26, 2014 

A company that refurbishes heat-exchanging equipment in Fresno has agreed to pay a $34,600 fine to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency after an investigation into its handling of hazardous waste materials.

The EPA announced Thursday that Ohio-based WCR Inc. had several violations of environmental regulations when agency inspectors visited its Western Region facility on Drummond Avenue in southeast Fresno in March 2013. The inspection indicated that the company failed to properly close and label hazardous waste containers and to conduct required weekly inspections.

The agency also reported that inspectors found that WCR's failure to maintain a hazardous waste container in good condition led to minor leaks, and that the leaky container was stored outdoors and uncovered, creating the possibility of unplanned releases of material.

In a separate action announced Thursday, the EPA reached agreement with a Bakersfield company, B.C. Laboratories Inc., for a $40,600 fine for violations involving its handling of hazardous waste containers.

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