The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday announced the resolution of a series of enforcement actions at five Southland metal-finishing companies that will collectively pay almost $224,000 in civil penalties for hazardous waste and Clean Water Act violations.

The violations were uncovered during inspections conducted at facilities in Compton, Paramount, Ontario and Sun Valley, the EPA said.

Three facilities are located along the I-710 freeway corridor, where the effects of pollution are disproportionately higher on local residents than in other areas of Los Angeles County.

“This multi-year effort in Southern California is part of EPA’s commitment to bring environmental justice to residents and workers in communities unfairly burdened by the risks from hazardous waste,” EPA regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest Jared Blumenfeld said. “Metal plating facilities, often located close to neighborhoods, must ensure they comply with federal laws to prevent harm to the community and the environment.”

The EPA announced that Anaplex Corp. has agreed to pay a $142,200 penalty for violations found at its Paramount facility; Barkens Hard Chrome has agreed to pay $28,100 in penalties to resolve hazardous waste violations found at its Compton plant; Bowman Plating Company will pay a $9,900 penalty to resolve violations at its Compton facility; Alumin-Art Plating Co. has agreed to pay a $28,000 penalty to resolve hazardous waste violations found at its Ontario location; and R.L. Anodizing and Plating has agreed to pay a $15,500 penalty to resolve violations at its Sun Valley plant.

Metal finishers use a plating or anodizing process to coat industrial metal, and typically generate hazardous wastes including sludges containing heavy metals such as chromium, cadmium, and lead; spent plating solutions containing metals or cyanides; flammable liquids; and both alkaline and acidic corrosive liquids, according to the EPA.

The federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act requires metal- finishing companies to properly manage hazardous waste to prevent harm to human health and the environment.

City News Service

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