Alaska transportation agency fined over waste storage

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state transportation department has been fined $118,100 for its handling of hazardous waste at a maintenance facility in Juneau.

    The penalty was levied by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    The federal agency alleged that the transportation department failed to properly identify and label hazardous waste and stored more than 4,000 pounds of hazardous waste without a required storage permit.

    EPA says the waste included corrosive liquids, solvents and petroleum products.

    Transportation department spokesman Jeremy Woodrow says department employees did not realize there was a compliance issue until it was pointed out during an inspection. He says the department took immediate action to remedy the situation.

    Woodrow says there was no environmental damage.

    Including this case, EPA says the transportation department has paid about $500,000 in EPA penalties since 2013.

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