For Immediate Release - June 18, 2013

Charlton Manufacturer Penalized $27,464 for Violating Air Quality and Hazardous Waste Requirements as Facility Expanded

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) penalized Karl Storz Endovision, Inc. $27,464 in fines and unpaid compliance fees for failing to comply with environmental regulations at their manufacturing facility, located at 91 Carpenter Hill Road in Charlton. The company manufactures and repairs high-resolution endoscopic instruments for medical and industrial applications.  

MassDEP observed several hazardous waste and air quality violations during an inspection of the Charlton facility on January 28, 2013 and during record reviews. Violations of the air quality regulations included failing to obtain an air quality permit to emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) to the ambient air. Violations of the hazardous waste regulations included failing to correctly register the facility as a large quantity generator (LQG) of hazardous waste, and improper hazardous waste container-labeling, management and storage practices.

The company has now taken corrective action on all violations and has applied for an air quality plan approval, as required by state regulation.

"As the business grew, so did its air emissions and hazardous waste generation, but the company did not take care to address corresponding regulatory requirements," said Lee Dillard Adams, director of MassDEP's Central Regional Office in Worcester. "Materials tracking and record keeping systems now in place will help the company comply with environmental regulations and result in significant savings."

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.

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