Oxford Aviation, Inc., of Oxford Maine , a company that refurbishes and refinishes airplanes, has resolved a case involving EPA allegations that the company violated hazardous waste requirements.
Following a Sept. 2009 EPA inspection of the Oxford facility, EPA alleged that Oxford violated the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act by failing to adequately determine the contents of hazardous waste containers. In addition, according to EPA, Oxford failed to perform various requirements, including conducting a hazardous waste determination of its wastes from its chemical conversion coating operation; adequately training employees with hazardous waste management responsibilities; conducting and documenting daily inspections of hazardous waste containers; and properly labeling and managing containers of hazardous waste.
Oxford was very responsive to EPA’s requirements once the issues were raised with them. The company has certified to EPA that it is now in compliance with the federal hazardous waste law and has agreed to the payment of a $5,000 penalty. Additionally, as a result of the enforcement action, Oxford has voluntarily eliminated at least two hazardous waste streams from its processes, including chromium (a heavy metal) and methyline chloride (a chemical solvent).