- Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Media Contact for MassDEP Penalizes Dynamic Chromium Industries $27,300 for Hazardous Waste Management Violations at Newburyport Manufacturing Facility
Joseph Ferson, Public Affairs Office
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has penalized a Newburyport-based business $27,300 for hazardous waste management violations after an inspection determined the facility was treating hazardous waste without a license. Dynamic Chromium Industries (DCI), Inc. took immediate steps to re-engineer the process to correct the violations and has brought the facility into compliance with the applicable regulations.
MassDEP initially inspected the precision chrome-plating and electroplating facility on 50 Parker Street in Newburyport on November 28, 2017, and found the manufacturing process included the treatment of rinse waters containing chromium, which 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.
“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 re-use 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.
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.