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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 has filed an administrative complaint against Nobert Plating Co. of Chicago for alleged hazardous waste violations. Region 5 is seeking a fine of up to $27,500 for each day the company was in violation.
The infractions were discovered by EPA during an inspection March 29, 2001, at the company's Plant No. 1, 340 N. Ashland Ave. Companies such as Nobert are allowed to store hazardous waste for up to 90 days without a permit. Inspectors found materials that had been stored for more than 90 days without a permit, as well as improperly marked containers and hazardous waste stored in open containers. Nobert was also cited for failure to conduct required inspections.
Nobert employs about 50 people in metal plating operations at its Ashland Avenue location. The company serves customers in a variety of industries, and has been in business since 1967.
EPA issued the complaint under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Nobert has the right to request a formal hearing on the complaint, an informal meeting to discuss a settlement, or both.