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The Environmental Protection Agency is on a roll.

In response to a complaint filed by the EPA, an administrative law judge has ordered the owner and operator of a Roanoke, Virginia-based chemical distribution facility to pay a $612,339 penalty for multiple violations of hazardous waste storage regulations, the agency announced June 24.

The announcement comes just a day after a Supreme Court Case decision preserved the EPA’s right to require greenhouse-gas controls on power plants and other large stationary sources of pollution.

On June 5, Administrative Law Judge Susan Biro issued a 125-page opinion, ruling in the EPA’s favor of its complaint against Chem-Solv Inc., the operator of a chemical distribution facility in Roanoke, which is less than 50 miles from the West Virginia border, and Austin Holdings-VA LLC, the facility owner.

Chem-Solv handles and distributes various chemicals, including alcohols, acids, caustics, mineral oils, surfactants, glycols and solvents. In its complaint, the EPA cited that the facility had violated portions of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the federal law governing the treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste.

The violations included storing hazardous waste in an open tank that did not have an engineering assessment or air emission controls, storing hazardous waste for greater than 90 days without a permit, failure to perform daily inspections, and failure to perform hazardous waste determinations on the wastes in the open tank, aerosol waste, and other wastes generated at the facility.

The Judge ruled that the open tank had been improperly removed, without compliance with a RCRA closure plan, which would have specified required sampling and analysis of the surrounding soil to identify. The tank, however, was removed without any such sampling and analysis of the soil.