Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Commitments and Contingencies

Commitments and Contingencies
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2017
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies





Hazardous Waste


In connection with our waste management services, we process both hazardous and non-hazardous waste, which we transport to our own, or other, facilities for destruction or disposal. As a result of disposing of hazardous substances, in the event any cleanup is required at the disposal site, we could be a potentially responsible party for the costs of the cleanup notwithstanding any absence of fault on our part.


Legal Matters


In the normal course of conducting our business, we are involved in various litigation. We are not a party to any litigation or governmental proceeding which our management believes could result in any judgments or fines against us that would have a material adverse effect on our financial position, liquidity or results of future operations.




The Company has a 25-year finite risk insurance policy entered into in June 2003 (“Master Closure Policy”) with AIG, which provides financial assurance to the applicable states for our permitted facilities in the event of unforeseen closure. The Master Closure Policy, as amended, provides for a maximum allowable coverage of $39,000,000 and has available capacity to allow for annual inflation and other performance and surety bond requirements. All of the required payments for this Master Closure Policy, as amended, were made by 2012. At December 31, 2017, our financial assurance coverage amount under this Master Closure Policy totaled approximately $29,473,000, which included a reduction in financial assurance requirement of approximately $9,711,000 for our DSSI subsidiary made during the fourth quarter of 2016 resulting from a recalculation the state mandated closure requirement. The Company has recorded $15,676,000 and $15,546,000 in sinking fund related to this policy in other long term assets on the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheets at December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively, which includes interest earned of $1,205,000 and $1,075,000 on the sinking fund as of December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively. Interest income for the years ended 2017 and 2016 was approximately $130,000 and $86,000, respectively. If the Company so elects, AIG is obligated to pay the Company an amount equal to 100% of the sinking fund account balance in return for complete release of liability from both us and any applicable regulatory agency using this policy as an instrument to comply with financial assurance requirements.


The Company also had a finite risk insurance policy dated August 2007 for our PFNWR facility with AIG (“PFNWR policy”) which provided financial assurance to the State of Washington in the event of closure of the PFNWR facility. The Company had recorded $5,941,000 in finite risk sinking funds at December 31, 2016 in other long term assets on the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheets which included interest earned of $241,000 on the sinking fund. In April 2017, the Company received final releases from state and federal regulators for the PFNWR policy which enabled the Company to cancel the PFNWR policy resulting in the release of approximately $5,951,000 on May 1, 2017 in finite sinking funds previously held by AIG as collateral for the PFNWR policy. The Company used the released finite sinking funds to pay off our revolving credit with the remaining funds used for general working capital needs. The Company has acquired new bonds in the required amount of approximately $7,000,000 (“new bonds”) to replace the PFNWR policy in providing financial assurance for the PFNWR facility. Upon receipt of the $5,951,000 in finite sinking funds from AIG, the Company and its lender executed a standby letter of credit in the amount of $2,500,000 as collateral for the new bonds for the PFNWR facility. In addition, the Company’s lender imposed an additional $750,000 restriction on the Company’s borrowing availability pursuant to a “Condition Subsequent” clause in an amendment that the Company entered into with its lender in the latter part of 2016. Interest income earned under the PFNWR policy for the years ended December 2017 and 2016 was approximately $10,000 and $21,000, respectively.


Letter of Credits and Bonding Requirements


From time to time, the Company is required to post standby letters of credit and various bonds to support contractual obligations to customers and other obligations, including facility closures. At December 31, 2017, the total amount of standby letters of credit outstanding totaled approximately $2,675,000 and the total amount of bonds outstanding totaled approximately $8,305,000.


Operating Leases


The Company leases certain facilities and equipment under non-cancelable operating leases. The following table lists future minimum rental payments at December 31, 2017 under these (in thousands):


Year ending December 31:      
2018     366  
2019     141  
2020     118  
2021     20  
Total   $ 645  


Total rent expense under these leases was $754,000 and $735,000 for the years ended 2017 and 2016, respectively.