Monday, 22 December 2014 00:00

Body Shop in WI Fined for Improper Disposal of Hazardous Waste

A father-son owned body shop, functioning out of a residential garage in rural Oconto, WI, will pay about $3,200 in fines for improperly burning paint solvent, according to Paul Srubas, greenbaypressgazette.com.

Timothy and Travis Hanaway must each must pay $1,597.50 for improper storage and disposal of hazardous waste over the last five years, according to the state Attorney General's office. A criminal complaint stated that TNT Auto Body, located at 5505 Oconto County N, generated about five gallons of used solvent every three or four months during the course of business. The owners then disposed of it in a burn pit on the property, reported Srubas.

According to the Department of Natural Resources, hazardous waste must be stored in non-leaking containers, labeled as hazardous waste and properly disposed of through a licensed treatment storage and disposal facility.

The WI Department of Natural Resources directed the Hanaways to store and dispose of the waste properly and to hire a contractor to evaluate soils in the burn pit area, the AG's office said on December 11.

According to Srubas, the father and son have been complying with the orders.