The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has fined a subsidiary of Halliburton Co. $1.8 million for 255 violations of the state's Solid Waste Management Act between 1999 and 2011. The DEP on Tuesday said Halliburton had waived its right to appeal and signed a consent agreement for the fine against subsidiary Halliburton Energy Services. DEP became aware of the violations in 2011 during an inspection of a Homer City facility in Indiana County, PA. Inspectors discovered that Halliburton had stored, treated and transported hydrochloric acid waste without obtaining proper DEP permits. A further investigation revealed that the company had committed the violation on multiple occasions to 1999. DEP said between 1999 and 2011 Halliburton transported acidic waste that originated at well sites without identifying the waste as "hazardous," without the proper trucking permits and without using a licensed hazardous waste transporter. Additionally, the company sent the waste to an unauthorized treatment and disposal operation. The DEP said no evidence suggests the waste handling caused any harm to the public or environment.
Senior Editor | Pittsburgh, PA Jamison Cocklin joined the staff of NGI in November 2013. Prior to that he worked as business and energy reporter at the Youngstown Vindicator, covering the regional economy and the Utica Shale play. He also served as a city reporter at the Bangor Daily News and did freelance work for the Associated Press. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from the University of Maine. firstname.lastname@example.org
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