RICHMOND, VA. -- On Dec. 21, 2009, the Virginia Waste Management Board issued a $165,000 penalty in a consent order issued to Advanced Technologies Processing Inc., in Henrico County for violations regarding the company's management of solid and hazardous waste.
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality's investigations revealed that Advanced Technologies did not follow all waste management regulation requirements and did not acquire all necessary DEQ permits. DEQ investigations found that the company had multiple violations such as the failure to prevent a release of universal and hazardous waste at its Henrico County facility, not properly training employees, and not responding appropriately to releases of mercury-contaminated phosphor dust.
In addition to the civil charge, Advanced Technologies is required to ensure proper cleanup in accordance with hazardous waste regulations at the Henrico County facility located at 4300 Eubank Road. The facility ceased operations in 2009 and the company is not currently operating in Virginia.
Advanced Technologies collected waste electronic devices and waste fluorescent lamps for recycling at its facility in Henrico County. The lamps were crushed and separated into glass, metal end caps and phosphor dust, a hazardous waste that contains mercury. The electronic device waste was then shipped to its sister company, Supreme Asset Management Inc., located in New Jersey, for processing.
More information about the waste management regulations, including the Virginia Waste Management Act, Virginia hazardous waste management regulations and solid waste management regulations is available on the DEQ website at www.deq.virginia.gov/waste/homepage.html.