PITTSBURGH SMM South
Corp. will pay a $14,200 penalty to settle environmental issues
with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management at its
Birmingham auto shredder operation.
SMM, a wholly owned subsidiary
of Sims Metal Management Ltd., has signed a proposed consent
order to gain compliance. The alleged violations were uncovered
during compliance inspections in March and April.
The largest part of the penalty
consisted of $10,000 for allegedly failing to obtain a permit
prior to treating hazardous waste on the site. SMM indicated
that it didnt believe it was in violation because it
wasnt treating the waste, but instead was storing it
until an oil recycler removed the used oil and gas.
SMM declined to comment, but
noted in the consent order that it doesnt admit guilt and
signed the document to comply with the Alabama Hazardous Waste
Management and Minimization Act.
Other alleged violations
included failing to maintain documentation of its arrangements
with state and local emergency response teams, failing to
maintain records of inspections of a hazardous waste
accumulation tank and failing to document how much hazardous
waste was generated monthly.