EPA Settles With J.H. Routh Packing - Fine and Environmental Project

Apr 05, 2001, 01:00 ET from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    CHICAGO, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
 Region 5 settled an administrative complaint with J.H. Routh Packing Co. in
 Sandusky, Ohio, for violation of federal laws on the reporting of hazardous
 chemical releases.  The company will pay a civil penalty totaling $21,369 and
 spend $34,210 on an environmental project.
     EPA alleged that on October 12, 1999, J.H. Routh's facility at 905 Pierce
 St., failed to promptly report a 1,600-pound release of anhydrous ammonia from
 a refrigeration system inside an unmanned building.  Federal laws require
 facilities to immediately notify the National Response Center (NRC), the state
 emergency response commission, and the local emergency planning committee
 about any anhydrous ammonia release above 100 pounds.
     In addition to the late reporting of this incident, the company failed to
 submit the Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory form for anhydrous
 ammonia for this facility to the state and local authorities from 1996 to
 1998.  Federal laws require reporting of on-site anhydrous ammonia above
 500 pounds by March 1 every year.
     The civil penalty includes a payment of $18,630 to the U.S. Treasury
 (for not reporting on-site chemicals and late reporting of the release to
 the state and local authorities under the Emergency Planning and Community
 Right-to-Know Act) and $2,738 to EPA's Superfund hazardous waste cleanup
 program (for late reporting of the release under the Superfund statute).  The
 company will also purchase self-contained breathing apparatus equipment valued
 at $34,210 for the Margaretta Township Fire Department.
     Anhydrous ammonia may be fatal if inhaled for prolonged periods of time,
 causes burns to the skin and eyes, and may cause irritation to the eyes, nose
 and throat.
 
 

SOURCE U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    CHICAGO, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
 Region 5 settled an administrative complaint with J.H. Routh Packing Co. in
 Sandusky, Ohio, for violation of federal laws on the reporting of hazardous
 chemical releases.  The company will pay a civil penalty totaling $21,369 and
 spend $34,210 on an environmental project.
     EPA alleged that on October 12, 1999, J.H. Routh's facility at 905 Pierce
 St., failed to promptly report a 1,600-pound release of anhydrous ammonia from
 a refrigeration system inside an unmanned building.  Federal laws require
 facilities to immediately notify the National Response Center (NRC), the state
 emergency response commission, and the local emergency planning committee
 about any anhydrous ammonia release above 100 pounds.
     In addition to the late reporting of this incident, the company failed to
 submit the Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory form for anhydrous
 ammonia for this facility to the state and local authorities from 1996 to
 1998.  Federal laws require reporting of on-site anhydrous ammonia above
 500 pounds by March 1 every year.
     The civil penalty includes a payment of $18,630 to the U.S. Treasury
 (for not reporting on-site chemicals and late reporting of the release to
 the state and local authorities under the Emergency Planning and Community
 Right-to-Know Act) and $2,738 to EPA's Superfund hazardous waste cleanup
 program (for late reporting of the release under the Superfund statute).  The
 company will also purchase self-contained breathing apparatus equipment valued
 at $34,210 for the Margaretta Township Fire Department.
     Anhydrous ammonia may be fatal if inhaled for prolonged periods of time,
 causes burns to the skin and eyes, and may cause irritation to the eyes, nose
 and throat.
 
 SOURCE  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency