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Maine auto recycler agrees to pay environmental fine

Keywords: Tags  salvage yard, Freeport Auto Parts, Maine Department of Environmental Protection, environmental fine, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — Freeport Auto Parts has agreed to pay a fine to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to resolve alleged environmental problems.

The Freeport, Me.-based salvage yard has signed a consent agreement and has already paid $17,760 for allegedly storing hazardous waste in unsuitable tanks, hiring an unlicensed hazardous waste transporter, failing to label containers of gasoline, and lacking an adequate containment and collection system in a hazardous waste storage area, among other violations.

The gasoline containers also allegedly were kept on the premises for more than 90 days at a time and weren’t properly inspected on a daily basis, according to an agency inspection.

Evidence of oil stains on soil and vegetation suggested Freeport Auto Parts violated the state’s oil discharge prevention and pollution control law, the state agency said.

The auto wrecker, which couldn’t be reached for comment, has gained compliance by taking corrective actions on all the matters addressed by the state.

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