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Semiconductor manufacturer faces fines

Penalties stem from hazardous waste handling, storage and labeling practices


The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality fined Maxim Integrated Products Inc. $9,700 in penalties for several hazardous waste violations the agency cited at the company’s Beaverton semiconductor and electronics equipment manufacturing facility.

Penalties stem from a July 2012 inspection the DEQ conducted at the facility at 14320 S.W. Jenkins Road, in which numerous violations of hazardous waste handling, storage and labeling were found, according to DEQ officials. The facility is a large-quantity generator of hazardous waste, predominantly spent solvents and caustics, but also chromium, lead and other regulated metals.

DEQ issued penalties to Maxim Integrated Products for:

  • Failing to determine if waste sludge containing

    chromium generated at the facility was hazardous ($3,800 penalty).

  • Failing to provide adequate aisle space in hazardous waste storage areas. The stored waste included ignitable and corrosive wastes as well as waste containing toxic metals such as chromium and lead ($3,800 penalty).

  • Failing to label four containers storing hazardous waste — ignitable wastes, corrosive lime slurry and waste slurry ($2,100 penalty).
  • The agency cited 10 other violations at the plant, including failing to conduct required inspections, accumulating hazardous waste in excess of 90 days without a permit, failing to conduct all required vapor emissions monitoring at the facility, and failing to update its hazardous waste contingency plan.

    DEQ issued the penalties because hazardous wastes at the Maxim facility must be properly identified, managed and disposed in order to protect Maxim employees, the public and the environment. In its letter to Maxim announcing the penalties, the agency noted its concern about the large number of violations and the fact some of them had occurred in previous years. DEQ issued Maxim a $2,000 penalty in December 2009 for some of the same violations. The company paid the penalty in full in March 2010.

    In calculating these most recent penalties, the state agency considered the company’s efforts in correcting the violations.

    Maxim had until Tuesday to appeal the penalty and request a hearing, otherwise the full penalty amount would be due, according to DEQ officials.

    LuAnn Walden, Maxim’s spokeswoman, said on Tuesday the company properly addressed the violations identified and does not plan to appeal the ruling.

    “There were some violations involving the storage of materials within the confines of our Beaverton facility, (which) mainly regarded labeling and zoning within the facility, and other violations involving administrative record keeping,” Walden said. “There was no risk to the community, and Maxim promptly corrected the violations.”

    For more information about DEQ-issued penalties across Oregon, visit deq.state.or.us.