Nov. 29–SCHENECTADY — A Schenectady chemical company involved in oil sands refining technology has been fined by the state for storing some hazardous waste at its facility for more than two years.
Auterra Inc., of 2135 Technology Drive, agreed to pay a $4,800 fine to the state Department of Environmental Conservation after state inspectors in May found several barrels of hazardous waste that had been there for much longer than rules allow.
At that time, an unspecified number of barrels had been stored by Auterra for between 542 and 830 days, while state rules limit such storage to no more than 90 days.
Under state law, the company faced a potential fine of up to $37,500 for every day of the violation.
A call to the company for comment was not returned.
Auterra develops chemical processes for the petroleum industry designed to treat and distill crude oil in the oil sands of Canada and Venezuela. The company was founded in 2003 as Applied NanoWorks.
In 2009, then-President Barack Obama visited the company when it was based in Malta.
The outdated hazardous waste barrels were removed some time after the May 2018 inspection of the facility, according to DEC.
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