By Jennifer Kalish, Crain News Service
WASHINGTON (April 4, 2013) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered an oil refiner to clean up its act or else.
The agency ordered Oil Re-Refining Co. (ORRCO) of Portland, Ore., to properly dispose of PCB-contaminated oil or pay a federal penalty, according to a press release.
In 2010, ORRCO collected, transported, stored and processed more than 150,000 gallons of used oil, which the EPA said was contaminated with PCBs and other hazardous waste. ORRCO continues to store significant amounts of contaminated oil in storage tanks at its Portland and Klamath Falls, Ore., facilities, according to the report.
Under the order, the company must incinerate all 150,000 gallons of the PCB-contaminated oil at an EPA approved incinerator by October 2016.
PCB pollution can cause cancer and many other adverse health effects on the immune system, reproductive system, nervous system and endocrine system, the report said.
"EPA enforcement helps deter violators, who could otherwise gain an unfair business advantage over their environmentally compliant competitors," said Kelly McFadden, manager of EPA Region 10 Toxics Compliance and Enforcement, in a statement. "Our vigorous and fair enforcement helps protect both communities and environmentally safe businesses."
This report appeared in Waste & Recycling News, a Detroit-based sister publication of Tire Business.