An eastern Iowa steel company will pay some big bucks for hazardous waste violations.

The U.S. E.P.A. says Sivyer Steel Corporation of Bettendorf has agreed to pay a civil penalty of nearly $55,000 and clean up the residual used oil that may have leaked from its storage tanks.

That’s part of a settlement with the E.P.A. for violations of federal hazardous waste regulations at the facility. The agency inspected Sivyer Steel, which produces and finishes steel castings, in March of 2010 and found several violations pertaining hazardous waste.

As part of the settlement, Sivyer Steel has 30 days to show that hazardous waste containers are properly maintained and labeled, and to clean up all areas of its facility contaminated by leaks of used oil.

By Phil Roberts