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Sept. 26, 2012ST. JOSEPH, MO | By: Campbell
Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. has agreed to pay a $68,475 civil penalty for improper disposal of mercury waste in St. Jospeph, Missouri.
The veterinary health products company settled on the penalty to be paid to the United States as a result of a series of penalties from violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. An E-P-A visit in 2010 revealed several violations, which included storing hazardous wastes without a R-C-R-A permit and sendnig hazardous waste containing mercury to a non-authorized facility. In addition to paying the civil penalty, the company must spend a minimum of $300,000 to build a state-of-the-art hazardous waste facility at the site of a supplemental environmental project. The settlement has certified that Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. is now in compliance with all requirements and regulations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.