Recurring violations lead to dangerous waste fine for Tukwila business

After repeatedly finding improper management of dangerous wastes at an aircraft parts manufacturer, the Washington Department of Ecology has fined the company $17,000.

  • Thursday, February 7, 2019 1:15pm
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The following is a press release from the Department of Ecology.

After repeatedly finding improper management of dangerous wastes at an aircraft parts manufacturer, the Washington Department of Ecology has fined the company $17,000.

Fatigue Technology (FTI), located at 401 Andover Park East in Tukwila, supplies components and services for aircraft and other industries. Its wastes include corrosive acids, ignitable solvents that can release harmful vapors or cause fires if not properly managed and paint-related material containing heavy metals that would be toxic to people and animals if released.

Ecology issued the fine after observing ongoing violations during seven inspections since 2003. The company has addressed these violations after each inspection, yet inspectors continue to observe repeat violations.

“We shouldn’t see this kind of pattern,” said Raman Iyer, regional manager of Ecology’s Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program. “Usually, companies with dangerous waste violations correct and don’t repeat them. Fatigue Technology must make sure that it stays in compliance, too.”

During the most recent inspection in October 2017, Ecology found FTI failed to:

  • Provide records documenting that it had conducted waste designation, a process to determine whether wastes require management under the dangerous waste regulations.
  • Produce a written training plan and training records demonstrating employees are prepared to safely and correctly handle dangerous wastes as well as respond effectively to emergencies.
  • Label and date dangerous wastes so employees and contractors know which containers need special handling and storage, to help ensure that the wastes are shipped within required time limits for proper management, and to provide safety information needed by first responders.

Washington’s dangerous waste regulations set standards to protect the public, workers and the environment from releases of harmful waste materials at commercial and industrial facilities. Ecology inspects workplaces that generate dangerous wastes to ensure compliance with requirements such as safe handling and storage to prevent leaks, spills and fires.

Ecology penalties may be appealed within 30 days to the Washington State Pollution Control Hearings Board.

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