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February 13, 2020

Clean Harbors settles Bristol PCB case for $58,338

Waste management and environmental services provider Clean Harbors has agreed to pay $58,338 to settle allegations that its Bristol facility improperly disposed of toxic chemicals, according to federal regulators.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday that the agreement with Clean Harbors settles two counts of alleged violations of federal law governing the handling and disposal of PCBs, which are man-made organic chemicals.

According to the EPA, Clean Harbors’ Broderick Road facility self-reported the incident, which involved improperly classifying as non-hazardous PCB remediation waste stemming from a transformer spill, and subsequent improper disposal of the waste at a New York facility.

“The violations at the Clean Harbors facility were significant given the quantity and concentrations of PCBs involved,” the EPA said in a statement.

PCBs have been shown to cause cancer and other serious health effects in animals, according to the EPA, which says there is evidence that the chemicals are potentially carcinogenic for humans.

"Cleanup companies must take the time needed to properly analyze waste like PCBs so that it is disposed of in the appropriate manner," EPA New England Regional Administrator Dennis Deziel said.

Clean Harbors did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday morning.

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