Environmental Protection Agency through the Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) program. Donaldson did have an RCRA permit, notes CSB’s Johnson. However, it was granted on an emergency basis by the Hawaii Department of Health for 90 days to begin processing the fireworks. It had expired long before the accident occurred. In September 2012, two Donaldson officials were indicted for treating hazardous waste without an RCRA permit. The 21-count indictment, however, came more than a year after the deadly accident and about two years after the temporary permit expired. In recommendations, CSB urges that the “federal acquisition regulation,” which governs federal contracting, be modified to specifically require the consideration of safety issues.
by Jeff Johnson |
January 28, 2013