Meriden hazardous waste facility operator to pay $525K penalty under proposed EPA settlement

Meriden hazardous waste facility operator to pay $525K penalty under proposed EPA settlement

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MERIDEN — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week announced a proposed settlement with Tradebe Treatment and Recycling Northeast to resolve alleged environmental violations at the company’s hazardous waste treatment facilities in Meriden and Bridgeport.  

The settlement requires Tradebe to install new air emission control systems after inspections of the Meriden and Bridgeport facilities in 2015 found “potential violations” of federal environmental laws, the EPA said in a statement. Tradebe is also required to pay a $525,000 civil penalty as part of the settlement. 

The air emission control systems will replace the facilities’ current systems to “control the emissions of certain types of hazardous waste air pollutants and volatile organic compounds (VOC), which can pose a range of short- and long-term adverse health effects,” the EPA said in the statement. 

The company’s Meriden facility is located at 136 Gracey Ave., about a mile east of the Westfield Mall and MidState Medical Center. 

The “proposed settlement means cleaner air for communities in Meriden and Bridgeport as a result of pollution control equipment that will be installed at Tradebe’s facilities in those places,” said EPA New England Regional Administrator Alexandra Dunn. “Hazardous air pollution poses serious public health impacts, so that’s why EPA is committed to improving compliance with the laws that regulate them.”  

The EPA issued notices of potential violations to the Meriden facility in 2015 following inspections to determine whether the facility was in compliance with the federal Clean Air Act and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. The EPA’s statement did not go into detail about what “potential violations” were found during the 2015 inspections.  

Tradebe worked with the EPA to reach the proposed settlement, the EPA said. 

Jeff Beswick, CEO of Tradebe USA, said in a statement this week, "As an environmental steward, Tradebe believes that this agreement relating to alleged violations, along with the Company’s investments, is an important step to take as leaders in our industry and one that has enabled both Tradebe and the EPA to raise the bar on compliance." 

The EPA estimates that Tradebe would spend at least $920,000 to meet the requirements set forth by the proposed settlement agreement. The air quality control equipment that Tradebe would be required to install at both facilities will use new thermal oxidizers that will “burn up and destroy the emissions,” and will replace current air control that use carbon to absorb hazardous waste emissions, according to the EPA. 

The EPA said the proposed settlement is part of its National Compliance Initiative for addressing hazardous air pollutants at hazardous waste facilities. The federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act requires effective monitoring and control of air emissions from hazardous waste storage tanks, pipes, valves and other equipment. Air emissions from these sources are known or suspected to cause cancer, birth defects, and seriously impact the environment. 

The proposed settlement, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, is subject to a 30-day public comment period and final court approval.


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