2 companies fined for hazardous-waste violations

Two companies have agreed to pay a $5,000 penalty for hazardous-waste violations at an East Baltimore metal plating facility, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday.

EPA cited American Plating Service, Inc., which operates the business in the 4000 block of East Monument St., and Monument Street Properties LLC, which owns the site. Alleged violations included improper storage and failure to provide and document worker training.

Among the wastes at issue were electroplating sludges, a liquid containing cyanide and ignitable residues, according to EPA. The companies agreed to take corrective actions, the agency said, including monitoring for any hazardous release from the facility.

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