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Rotterdam firm fined $3,250

Monday, April 28, 2014
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— A metals manufacturer in Rotterdam has been fined $3,250 for a handful of environmental violations related to poor documentation at its Mariaville Road facility.

Electro Fiber Technologies, LLC, makes metal-coated carbon fiber products and sells them to the automotive, rail, aerospace, marine, electronics and defense industries.

The company, whose customers include 3M, Lockheed Martin and United Technologies, has occupied 679 Mariaville Road for about two years, along with Technical Fibre Products Inc. and Metal Coated Fibers Inc., all subsidiaries of Techfibers Inc., a British specialty paper manufacturer that consolidated its U.S. operations there in 2012.

In February 2013, state Department of Environmental Conservation staff inspected the facility and recorded eight violations of state codes, rules and regulations — all a result of poor or missing documentation.

At the time of the inspection, seven out of 10 hazardous waste drums were not marked with the date that waste began accumulating. The state requires this to ensure that hazardous waste doesn’t accumulate for more than 90 days. The drums contained spent copper and nickel solution, electrolytic nickel, electrolytic clepo copper solution and nitric acid.

The company was also missing a written closure plan for its liquid hazardous waste storage, and hadn’t confirmed an ultimate disposal method for each of the hazardous wastes it ships off site. It was also missing documents to establish that its transporter was authorized to haul hazardous waste or that its treatment, storage and disposal facility (Northland Environmental) was authorized to accept hazardous waste.

 
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