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Maine agency, recyclers in accord on waste problems

Keywords: Tags  metals recyclers, D.A.B., Clark’s Cars & Parts, Maine Department of Environmental Protection, DEP, alleged waste violations, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has reached consent agreements with two metals recyclers for alleged hazardous waste violations.

Freeport-based D.A.B. Inc. has taken corrective actions and will pay a civil penalty of $22,939, according to a monthly DEP enforcement report.

The auto salvage company was cited for its alleged failure to properly label 21 containers of hazardous waste, to inspect the containers daily, to store some containers on hard surfaces and keep containers free of dents and rust as required. D.A.B. was also cited for allegedly storing mercury switches in unmarked closed containers, among other things.

In addition, Clark’s Cars & Parts Inc., based in Hallowell, was cited for allegedly failing to label and mark the accumulation start date on 14 containers of hazardous waste, not inspecting the containers daily, holding waste gas for more than 90 days without a license and not labeling its mercury switch containers, among other things. Clark’s has paid a $5,410 fine and has taken action to address the agency’s concerns.

Neither company would comment on the matter.

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