PA DEP Fines Sand and Gravel Producer for Violations

State agency says company improperly handled scrap tires.

May 29, 2012
Recycling Today Staff

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has levied a $33,065 fine against Herbert and Marion Hasbrouck and Hasbrouck Sand and Gravel Inc., Titusville, Pa., for violations of the state’s Solid Waste Management Act related to the improper handling and disposal of scrap tires.

“Proper disposal of waste is essential to preserving the quality of Pennsylvania’s air, land and water,” says Kelly Burch, the DEP’s Northwest regional director. “The Solid Waste Management Act provides a mechanism for DEP to monitor and enforce appropriate disposal methods.”

According to the agency, in January 2011, DEP conducted an inspection of the Hasbrouck property and observed a large pile of incinerated tires that had been reduced to ashes. Smoke and flames were visible during the inspection and additional waste tires were scattered throughout the burn area. DEP staff determined that the tires were generated by Hasbrouck Sand and Gravel and transported to the property. The agency issued a Notice of Violation in February 2011, and numerous follow-up inspections confirmed the waste tires and tire ash that remained on the property had not been removed.

On Jan. 11, 2012, DEP issued an administrative order to Herbert Hasbrouck and Marion Hasbrouck and Hasbrouck Sand and Gravel to immediately cease transport of solid waste to the property, remove any remaining waste tires and waste ash and submit receipts indicating proper disposal.

DEP conducted a final follow-up inspection at the property on March 8 and concluded that all conditions of the administrative order were met.