More fines proposed for chemical weapons incineration co.

The Department of Environmental Quality in Oregon has proposed close to $35,000 in fines against the Washington Demilitarization Company, which is in charge of incinerating chemical weapons at the Umatilla Chemical Depot.

The violations include storing 30 drums of waste that had been contaminated by mustard gas in a concrete igloo that lacked required drain plugs, retrofit closures, gasket seals and sampling ports, according to the Statesman Journal.

There were four hazardous waste violations in total, the priciest of which was a $17,600 penalty for the inability to prevent chemical agents from leaking out because of the unequipped concrete igloo. The company also allegedly failed to replace mustard agent sensors in a part of the ventilation system, which carries an $8,000 penalty.

A shared sample line at an automatic continuous air monitoring system had allegedly been disconnected from its filter, which is a $4,400 fine, the Statesman Journal reports. Finally, four mustard agent-contaminated secondary waste bolts were allegedly incorrectly treated under furnace operating conditions established for treating ton containers, which is an additional $4,400 fine, the Hermiston Herald reports.

The company has paid over $100,000 to settle fines for hazardous waste, air quality violations and ensuring permit compliance over the last two years.

The DEQ says that no hazardous substances were released and that the Washington Demilitarization Company, which is a subsidiary of contractor URS Corp. of San Francisco, had made efforts “to correct or otherwise respond to the violations,” according to the Statesman Journal.