A Broussard-based drilling service company has agreed to pay a six-figure penalty to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for vastly under-reporting the amount of hazardous waste it stored and disposed of over the last five years.
The company, located on La. 182, also “is required to take steps to protect the local community from health and environmental risks associated with hazardous waste,” the EPA said.
EPA officials said Pinnacle personnel reported that since 1994 the facility produced less than 100 kilograms a month of hazardous material. One hundred kilograms is roughly equal to 220 pounds.
“However, during the past five years the facility violated federal environmental laws by generating over 1,000 kilograms of hazardous waste per month,” according to the news release. One thousand kilograms is about 2,200 pounds.
EPA officials said the laws Pinnacle broke were codified in the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976.
“RCRA is the federal law governing the treatment, storage and disposal of hazardous waste,” the release stated. “RCRA is designed to protect public health and the environment, and avoid costly cleanups, by requiring the safe, environmentally-sound storage and disposal of hazardous waste. The RCRA requirements mandate the use of safe practices which greatly reduce the chance that hazardous waste will be released into the environment.”
Pinnacle provides nondestructive testing of drill pipe and other downhole components for drilling and production companies.
A company representative did not immediately return a call seeking comment Monday afternoon.