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Phoenix plating company fined for hazardous waste

PHOENIX — A company has been fined $100,000 for hazardous waste violations
at its central Phoenix plating facility.

The state Department of Environmental Quality announced Friday that PAS
Technologies Inc. was cited for 15 violations, including the release of
hexavalent chromium and illegally treating cyanide wastewater.

The case against PAS Technologies included 10 different violations of disposal
of hazardous waste without a permit.

PAS Technologies also was cited failure to perform hazardous waste
determination and four violations in its employee training, handling, marking
and storage of waste fluorescent lamps.

ADEQ launched the Plating Initiative in 2008 after inspections showed many
facilities weren’t in compliance with the state law that regulates hazardous
waste.

The fine is part of a consent judgment entered in Maricopa County Superior
Court. It’s still subject to court approval.

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