Regulators Fine Va. Company for Improper Storage

September 16, 2010

A Roanoke recycling technology company has been fined $7,100 for improperly storing liquefied grocery bags.

The Roanoke Times reported Wednesday that Pesco-Beam was researching ways to convert the material into a diesel fuel compound. The material was stored at the Roanoke Industrial Center, where Pesco-Beam is a tenant.

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality identified 1,500 pounds of hazardous waste, some of which wasn't labeled as hazardous waste. Drums containing the material were haphazardly placed between other materials.

Pesco-Beam President and CEO Luke Staengl says company officials didn't think they were violating the law.

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