YONKERS, N.Y. -- The Kawasaki Rail Car plant, which has operated on the Yonkers waterfront for nearly 30 years, has been penalized for improperly storing toxic waste such as paints and solvents.
Under the recent settlement reached by the Environmental Protection Agency and the company, Kawasaki will pay a fine of $71,120.
Kawasaki, which is located at 29 Wells Ave., makes rail cars for Metro-North Railroad, the New York City subway system, and the Long Island Railroad.
“Companies that generate hazardous waste must store and dispose of them properly or obtain the proper permit to ensure these wastes are properly stored,” said Judith A. Enck, the EPA's regional administrator. “When not properly handled, hazardous wastes can pose a danger to employees and those living in the surrounding community.”
An EPA inspection of the plant found dozens of corroded and leaking containers of waste paints, solvents, and discarded gasoline, the EPA said.
Some containers were unlabeled, so it was not known what kind of hazardous wastes were inside.