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November 18, 2009

Attorney General Koster announces agreement with Celtic Painting for hazardous waste violations

-- Celtic Painting agrees to $28,600 in penalties -- 

Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster said today that Celtic Painting in St. Louis has agreed to penalties of $28,600 after being cited with numerous violations of Missouri's Hazardous Waste Management Law and Regulations.  

Celtic Painting is a residential and commercial painting company that operates at multiple locations in St. Louis. In 2007, the Department of Natural Resources cited a major violation against Celtic Painting for failure to identify and properly dispose of hazardous waste.  The department conducted an inspection at Celtic Painting's 900 S. 2nd St. location based on a complaint and discovered a large abandoned shipping container containing more than 8,000 pounds of flammable and toxic paint waste.   

Subsequently, the department inspected Celtic Painting's 9437 Watson Industrial Drive location.  The department found this facility had failed to register as a generator of hazardous waste and operated as a storage facility for hazardous waste without a permit.  Additionally, Celtic Painting failed to properly mark and label its containers of hazardous waste and failed to follow emergency preparedness requirements.  With department direction and oversight, Celtic Painting party corrected all violations at both locations. 

"Missouri's hazardous waste laws exist to protect public and environmental health," Koster said.  "This office takes very seriously the environmental integrity of our state and will continue to pursue those who violate our environmental laws and harm our natural resources." 

Koster said Celtic Painting signed a settlement agreement whereby they will pay $3,000, split between the St. Louis County School Fund and the St. Louis City School Fund, over a time period of four quarters. He said the remaining $25,600 is suspended contingent on Celtic Painting not committing any repeat violations for five years following the effective date of the settlement agreement. The amount Celtic Painting will pay upfront was based on financial information regarding the company's ability to pay.  

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