DTSC Enforcement Action Results in $495,000 in Penalties for Illegal Storage and Treatment of Hazardous Waste

SACRAMENTO CA (1/31/2019) – A series of Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) inspections has
resulted in $495,000 in penalties against a Southern California recycler of electronic waste for
multiple violations of California’s hazardous waste laws.

The civil complaint was filed against Phibro-Tech Inc. on behalf of DTSC by the California
Attorney General’s Office. The Los Angeles County Superior Court approved the settlement.

“Operators who violate the state’s hazardous waste laws will be held accountable for their actions
and brought into compliance,” said DTSC Acting Director Meredith Williams. “Enforcing hazardous
waste laws through actions like this is fundamental to protecting the public and the environment.”

Phibro-Tech operates a chemical manufacturing and electronic waste recycling facility at 8851
Dice Road in Santa Fe Springs (Los Angeles County).

Violations include, but are not limited to, illegal storage and treatment of hazardous waste
(including cyanide and other types of acidic or alkaline waste) and keeping inaccurate hazardous
waste records. Phibro-Tech was also using unauthorized equipment. DTSC uncovered the
violations through inspections conducted between 2011 and 2015.

Phibro-Tech, which has since corrected the violations, must pay DTSC the $495,000 penalty by
Feb. 7, 2019.

View documents related to this case – https://www.dtsc.ca.gov/HazardousWaste/Projects/PTI.cfm.

Contact: Russ Edmondson January 31, 2019 (916) 323-3372 Russ.Edmondson@dtsc.ca.gov