Two Utah companies have agreed to make penalty payments to the Utah Bureau of Solid and Hazardous Waste as a result of violations of state regulations.
U.S. Pollution Control Inc., Grassy Mountain, will pay $100,000 to the bureau for past violations of state regulations. Another $40,000 could be added to the fine should continuing compliance requirements fail.Tool Design & Engineering Inc., West Valley City, has been fined $10,000 plus the cost of cleanup operations for a chemical contamination incident involving the company. Another $10,000 could be added if the cleanup is not completed as agreed.
The penalties were approved by the Utah Solid and Hazardous Waste Committee.
In other action, the committee approved a motion to have the bureau act as a co-signer on a consent agreement between Syro Steel, Centerville, and the EPA. Under that agreement, Syro Steel will complete surface impoundments and make improvements to protect area ground water from contamination. By joining the agreement, the state will retain some oversight involvement in enforcing the agreement. The order was signed by Syro in December and is already in effect.
The committee has also agreed to give Morton Thiokol, Tremonton, until June 1 to complete construction of an industrial waste water treatment plant. The committee originally ordered the plant completed by April 1. Since the signing of the state agreement, the EPA has become involved on related matters and the negotiations resulted in a June 1 deadline. Thiokol officials have assured the committee that the June 1 date will be met. The company was ordered to build the treatment plant in lieu of surface holding ponds following hearings last year.
The committee also took final action to adopt federal underground storage tank regulations. The regulations have been opposed by industry but the committee noted it had little choice since the regulations are federal and the state is obligated to adopt those standards.