David Tomkins, Assistant District Attorney   CONTACT PERSON:
John Fioretta, Deputy District Attorney
Environmental Protection Unit
(408) 792-2638   For release on August 29, 2006     PHILIP TRANSPORTATION AND REMEDIATION PAYS $125,000 FOR HAZARDOUS WASTE AND HAZARDOUS MATERIALS VIOLATIONS   Santa Clara County District Attorney George Kennedy today announced that his office settled a civil lawsuit against Philip Transportation and Remediation, Inc. for violations of state and local laws and ordinances regulating hazardous waste and hazardous materials. Philip admitted liability for these violations and paid $125,000 in civil penalties and costs.   Philip is a licensed hazardous waste transporter with a facility located at 12475 Llagas Ave. in San Martin, where Philip would temporarily store and consolidate shipments of hazardous waste while in route to a disposal site. In July 2005 the Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health Hazardous Materials Compliance Division (HMCD) conducted a routine inspection of the facility. The HMCD Inspector determined that on three occasions Philip negligently released hazardous waste to the ground due to employee error. HMCD also found that Philip stored hazardous waste for too long, improperly labeled hazardous waste, failed to conduct and document required inspections, and failed to report another spill, along with other violations.   The County terminated Philip’s permit to operate, and the facility is being relocated to Hollister.    Philip cooperated with the investigation. This case was investigated by HMCD and prosecuted by the District Attorney’s Environmental Protection Unit.   # # #

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