BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has fined a Newburyport-based business $27,300 for hazardous waste management violations after an inspection determined the facility was treating hazardous waste without a license, according to the state.
Dynamic Chromium Industries Inc. took immediate steps to correct the violations and bring the facility, at 50 Parker St., into compliance, MassDEP said in a press release.
MassDEP initially inspected the precision chrome-plating and electroplating facility on November 28, 2017, and found the manufacturing process included treatment of rinse waters containing chromium that had not been approved or properly permitted.
In addition, containers of chrome debris were not clearly marked, and the hazardous waste accumulation area was not properly delineated, the release said.
“Despite these violations, this facility took prompt actions including correctly labeling, accumulating and storing hazardous waste, and eventually upgrading how its manufacturing process line worked, in order to reduce waste, and use less water,” said Eric Worrall, director of MassDEP’s Northeast Regional Office in Wilmington.
DCI installed an ion-exchange system that allows for the reuse of rinse water. Also, the hazardous waste accumulation area has been clearly delineated and hazardous waste containers are properly labeled and packaged prior to being shipped to a licensed hazardous waste facility, the release said.
Under the terms of the consent order with DCI, MassDEP agreed to suspend $10,000 of the penalty provided the facility complies with all the applicable regulations and that DCI pays the remaining $17,300.
The company, which calls itself DynaChrome on its website, says it has been providing manufacturers with quality precision hard chrome plating and electropolishing for more than 20 years.
MassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources, according to the press release.