Pennsylvania Weapons Manufacturer Charged with Hazardous Materials Violations
On May 6, 2014, the U.S. Attorney's Office, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, filed an information charging Action Manufacturing (Action), Atglen, Pennsylvania, with the illegal storage and transportation of hazardous materials. The charges arose from the alleged illegal storage of explosive hazardous waste and the unsafe transportation of explosive materials on public roads without the proper labels, markings, or declarations.
Action produced explosive arming and timing devices for use in munitions and weapon systems, as well as warhead assemblies, detonators, and fuses. Action's manufacturing process generated explosive waste in various forms and from various waste streams that are deemed hazardous under federal law due to the product's characteristics of reactivity.
The investigation determined that Action illegally stored explosive hazardous waste between 1980 and approximately July 2013 without the required Environmental Protection Agency permits. In addition, Action allegedly transported military grade explosives without hazardous material shipping papers required by the Pipelines and Hazardous Material Safety Administration.
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