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Bare Metals settles waste, fire allegations

Keywords: Tags  metal recycler, Bare Metals, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division, scrap tires, solid waste, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — Bare Metals LLC has signed a consent order with the state of Georgia to settle allegations that the company openly dumped material, burned solid waste and failed to renew an industrial stormwater permit at its recycling operation in Greenville, Ga.

The recycler has agreed to pay a $3,750 penalty, remove solid waste and scrap tires, develop a stormwater pollution plan, obtain an industrial stormwater permit and submit a corrective action plan to the state to satisfy concerns from the Environmental Protection division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

The state inspected the company’s facility after receiving a complaint alleging that the recycler openly burned solid waste on two separate occasions in October.

A manager at the facility said the company never openly burned materials, as stated in the consent order, but accidental fires at the facility were labeled by the state as open burning. He said the company regularly ships tires to a third party and does not accumulate large amounts of solid waste.

The manager noted that the facility has 300,000 gallons of water on hand to tackle any fire as the local fire department is not close to the yard.

He added that the company has gained full compliance ahead of schedule.

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