The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) said in an October 7 news release that January Environmental Services, Inc. (“JES”), January Transport, Inc. (“JTI”) and company owner Chris January To resolve suspected Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”) violations.
The companies and individuals are said to be involved in used oil transportation and processing operations in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The EPA filed a judicial complaint through the U.S. Department of Justice on November 30, 2020, alleging that the company violated the RCRA’s used oil and hazardous waste regulations multiple times.
The alleged violations by the company are said to include:
- Failure to perform hazardous waste determination of solid waste found on site
- Hazardous waste storage without RCRA permit
- Acceptance of Hazardous Waste for Transport without Hazardous Waste Manifest
- Transport used oil without measuring halogen content and accept used oil for processing
- Non-compliance with general facility standards and record keeping for used oil processors
The settlement is said to have been approved by the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.
EPA says the settlement requires JES and JTI to:
. . , we are implementing a number of company-wide changes to comply with RCRA’s used oil and hazardous waste regulations.
These companies are said to have already addressed many of these requirements. Such requirements are said to include:
- Staff training on the use of proper manifest forms to track hazardous waste handling
- Create a written waste management plan
- Update emergency preparedness
- Coordination with local emergency responders
- Hire an independent engineer to review the facility’s spill containment and contingency plans
A copy of the press release can be downloaded here.