Company fined for toxic practices

Facility pays price for being sloppy

A Rancho Cordova waste-storage company was slapped with a large fine recently for mishandling thousands of gallons of acids, solvents and toxins over a three-year period, according to a California Department of Toxic Substances Control press release.

General Environmental Management (GEM) was issued a $600,000 fine for improperly storing more than 82,000 gallons of waste at its facility. Inspectors found several violations during a routine inspection in March 2009, some of which showed evidence of the practices dating back to December 2006.

The facility is now under corporate ownership and has made several operational changes.