Olson Wire Products Co. has agreed to pay an $80,000 fine to settle allegations it improperly stored hazardous wastes at its southwest Baltimore plant, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday.

The agency cited Olson, which makes refrigerator racks and other steel-wire shelving, following a May 2011 inspection of its facility at 4100 Benson Ave. Inspectors found wastewater treatment sludge, waste from its electroplating operations and used aerosol cans stored there in apparent violation of federal hazardous-waste law and regulations, according to EPA. Among the alleged infractions: storing wastes for more than 90 days without a permit, failure to properly label or keep waste containers closed and offering to ship hazardous wastes offsite for disposal without required manifests and using unauthorized shippers.

In settling, the company did not admit or deny the allegations, but certified its compliance with federal requirements, EPA reported. Attempts to reach the company's owners were unsuccessful.

Tim.wheeler@baltsun.com

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