The Ohio EPA sued Gem Coatings and owner Karry Gemmell in Athens County Common Please Court last year. The local company had violated hazardous waste regulations, that could have been avoided. Spokeswoman for the environmental enforcement section of the Ohio Attorney General’s office, Kate Hanson, stated that the settlement called for a payment of $30,000 from Gem Coatings and the hiring of a contractor to draft a cleanup plan that will be filed in the case.
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The EPA stated that Gem Coatings improperly stored paint materials and paint waste, which, by the EPA, are considered hazardous wastes. The EPA also stated that the company dumped waste from sandblasting at the facility, illegally.
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