USS-UPI Reaches USD 4 Million Environmental Settlement
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USS-UPI Reaches USD 4 Million Environmental Settlement

Bay Area News Group reported that Pittsburgh based steel company USS-UPI Inc has reached USD 4 million civil settlement with the

Bay Area News Group reported that Pittsburgh based steel company USS-UPI Inc has reached USD 4 million civil settlement with the Contra Costa County in California District Attorney’s Office over allegations the company violated state and environmental regulations dating back to 2017. According to District Attorney spokesman Mr Scott Alonso “USS-UPI Inc will pay USD 1.75 million in civil penalties, USD 1 million in environmental compliance expenditures, and USD 250,000 for supplemental projects that will promote training for California’s environmental agencies, under terms of the agreement,. The company also could be subject to USD 1 million suspended penalty to ensure its future compliance.”

USS-UPI was cooperative throughout investigation, and this settlement was only reached after verification that USS-UPI had corrected the violations and created and implemented an environmental compliance framework. USS-UPI’s media relations Amanda Malkowski wrote “In cooperation with the CUPA, we have corrected all of the issues that led to this settlement, permanently increased our environmental compliance staff, and upgraded our technological resources to meet environmental regulatory requirements. Our company is fully committed to the health and safety of our employees and our community and to continuous improvement.”

An audit of the company’s steel-plant facility at 900 Loveridge Road by hazardous materials inspectors with Contra Costa Health Services spurred the investigation. Among the violations that the audit found

⦁ Failure to minimize the possibility of fire explosions or unplanned release of hazardous waste

⦁ Failure to remove accumulated oil and failure to correct visible discharges from its equipment

⦁ Failure to train employees in safety procedures if hazardous material is released

⦁ Storage of hazardous waste at an unauthorized location

⦁ Illegal disposal of hazardous waste

⦁ Failure to maintain records of inspections and tests

The audit found that the facility improperly stored or disposed of used oil, plating solutions, acidic and caustic solutions

The steel company, formerly known as USS-POSCO Industries, produces cold-rolled steel used in furniture, building and automotive components, galvanized steel for residential and commercial construction, and tin products used primarily for the canning industry.

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