After EPA Fine, Borough to Build New Waste Storage Building

Shaylon Cochran


     The Kenai Peninsula Borough has agreed to construct a new building for the purpose of storing hazardous waste, as part of an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency.  The Borough was levied the fines following a 2009 inspection of a storage facility in Soldotna.  
     Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre says the city has agreed to pay a fine and to build a new building for the storage of waste.
     With the construction of the new building, the fine from the EPA stands at just under thirteen-thousand-dollars.  Navarre says the Borough had been in negotiations with the federal agency since last spring.
     "We knew there was a settlement being worked on," he said. "We budgeted for the building and ... also for the fine."
     The EPA’s 2009 inspection found that the facility failed to determine if waste it was managing was hazardous and failed to label containers of waste.  The substances identified included paint thinners, kerosene and a mix of solvent and anti-freeze.  Navarre says the new facility will act like something of a transfer station.
     He says the waste materials in question came largely from maintenance operations throughout the Borough.