(MARIETTA, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that the State of Ohio has entered into a Consent Order with Eramet Marietta Inc. (16705 SR 7 South, Marietta). The order resolves violations of Ohio’s hazardous waste laws, including the company’s inadequate response to a previous release of a hazardous waste chromium solution at the facility.
Eramet has agreed to address the release area at its 834 Crystallizer Unit to eliminate potential threats to public health and the environment. The company has submitted a hazardous waste closure plan to Ohio EPA; agreed to pay a $75,000 civil penalty to the state’s hazardous waste clean-up fund; and agreed to pay any stipulated penalties for failure to comply in the future.
“This consent order is a significant step in better protecting area residents and the environment through increased safeguards and a significant civil penalty,” said Attorney General DeWine.
“Compliance with environmental rules and regulations is key to any successful company,” said Ohio EPA Director Scott J. Nally. “This case emphasizes the important obligations businesses have to protect Ohioans and our environment.”
The consent order requires that a public notice be issued regarding Eramet’s hazardous waste closure plan to address the release area. Written comments will be received through April 8, 2012, at Ohio EPA, Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization, Attn: Don Vogel, 50 W. Town St., P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049. The plan will be available for review at the address above by first calling (614) 644-2924 and Ohio EPA’s Southeast District Office, 2195 Front St., Logan by first calling (740) 385-8501 or (800) 686-7330.
Dan Tierney, AGO: 614-466-3840
Erin Strouse, Ohio EPA: 614-644-2160
Consent Order (PDF)