Hazardous Waste Handling Agreement Reached with Bureau of Reclamation at Grand Coulee Dam
The Bureau of Reclamation has settled federal hazardous waste handling violations with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at Grand Coulee Dam in Northeastern Washington. The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) violations discovered during EPA's 2017 inspection included: failure to conduct weekly inspections of hazardous waste accumulation areas; improper container management and failure to follow waste labeling requirements; improper hazardous waste storage (beyond 180 days) without a permit; violations of used oil and universal waste management requirements; and failure to make a hazardous waste determination. The waste in question included ignitable and corrosive compounds, used oil, mercury light ballasts and lithium batteries. As part of the Consent Agreement and Final Order with EPA, a $115,500 penalty was assessed. None of the violations outlined above occurred in publicly accessible areas.