Micom is cited for hazardous waste violations

Contact: Risikat Adesagun, 651-757-2056

St. Paul, Minn. — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has cited Micom Corporation, a circuit board manufacturing company in New Brighton, for violations of hazardous waste rules. The company has agreed to make corrections and pay a $27,425 civil penalty.

Violations included failing to properly train staff on the handling and management of hazardous waste, discharging hazardous waste to a wastewater facility, failing to immediately and thoroughly clean up hazardous waste floor spills, and failing to safely store various hazardous wastes and used oil-related wastes.

The improper management and storage of hazardous wastes can increase potential risk of toxic pollutants being released into the air, land or water, posing a threat to human health and the environment.

To resolve the violations, Micom has agreed to develop and implement a hazardous waste training program that adequately trains staff in the proper handling and management of hazardous waste, to immediately recover any future hazardous waste spills, and to properly store hazardous waste.

The agreement with Micom, known as a Stipulation Agreement, is one of the tools the MPCA uses to achieve compliance with environmental laws. When calculating penalties, the agency takes into account how seriously the violation affected the environment, whether it was a first-time or repeat violation, and how promptly the violation was reported to appropriate authorities. The agency also attempts to recover the calculated economic benefit gained by failure to comply with environmental laws in a timely manner. For a comprehensive list of enforcement actions by the MPCA, visit the agency's News Media Center.