Dyno Noble settles with EPA over Missouri safety violations

18 October 2013 20:50  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Dyno Noble has agreed to pay a $257,167 (€190,304) civil penalty to settle allegations by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that it violated the Clean Air Act, the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act and the Comprehensive Environmental Response Act at two facilities in Missouri, the EPA announced on Friday.

Inspections at the two facilities in 2010 revealed the violations and resulted in EPA Region 7 issuing an Administrative Compliance Order in January 2011. The EPA said neither of Dyno Nobel’s Risk Management Programs fully complied with all regulatory requirements. Federal regulations require facilities to have processes in place to safely store and handle hazardous chemicals.

In addition to the Risk Management Program violations, Dyno Nobel failed to immediately notify the National Response Center, the State Emergency Response Commission, and the Local Emergency Response Committee of an accidental release of sulfuric acid that occurred at the Carthage facility on May 9, 2012, violating Comprehensive Environmental Response Act and the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know regulations.

According to the EPA the company’s facility in Louisiana, Missouri stored approximately 1.6m pounds of anhydrous ammonia, or 160 times the threshold quantity. The facility also stored approximately 1.5m pounds of nitric acid, or 100 times the threshold quantity.

The facility in Carthage, Missouri stored approximately 419,000 pounds of nitric acid, or 27 times the threshold quantity along with 80,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia, or eight times the threshold quantity. The EPA said the site also had 225,000 pounds of oleum, or 22 times the threshold quantity.

“This Agency works hard to make sure firms that store and handle these potentially dangerous chemicals follow the laws designed to keep employees and neighboring communities safe. Recent events remind us all how important it is to take the required safety precautions,” said Karl Brooks, EPA Region 7 Administrator.

“This second substantial administrative penalty for Dyno Nobel operations in the Great Plains signals the EPA intends to remain vigilant in enforcing laws intended to protect public health and safety.”

The federal agency said that in 2011 Dyno Nobel settled a similar Chemical Accident Prevention Provisions case with EPA Region 8 for $110,900. EPA officials said that by agreeing to the settlement, the company has certified that it is now in compliance with all requirements of the federal air control and chemical safety regulations.

($1 = €0.74)

By: Mark Milam
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