HAWTHORNE (AP) — The California rocket developer Space Explorations Technologies has been fined $45,600 for hazardous waste violations.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that a 2009 inspection of the Hawthorne-based company known as SpaceX found hazardous waste was stored longer than allowed, and containers had not been closed.

Among other violations were failing to label or improperly labeling the containers.

SpaceX spokeswoman Kirstin Brost says the company is committed to protecting the environment and has addressed the EPA’s concerns.

SpaceX is developing rockets it hopes will be used by NASA to service the international space station and to place commercial satellites in orbit.

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