Risk Management Plan Violation Results in Fines & Settlement

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “A national company that distributes ammonia has agreed to install and operate $345,000 in ammonia leak detection systems at 14 facilities across the country to settle claims by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that it violated federal clean air regulations on chemical risk management at plants in Rhode Island and Michigan. Tanner Industries, based in Southhampton (sic), Penn., also agreed to pay a $56,700 penalty to settle these claims.” http://tinyurl.com/3vsb97w

Section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act requires facilities to prepare Risk Management Plans if they store certain chemicals (including ammonia) above a specified threshold.

Perhaps this action is a reflection of the Environmental Protection Agency’s FY 2011-2015 EPA Strategic Plan that includes (Goal 4) “Ensuring the Safety of Chemicals and Preventing Pollution” and (Goal 5) “Enforcing Environmental Laws.”  It may be prudent to keep a watchful eye on enforcement trends.

If you have questions about Risk Management Plans or environmental compliance, contact Matthew Schroeder (mschroeder@dragun.com) at 248-932-0228.

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