Chemical Distributor to Pay Safety Violations

Monday, September 5, 2011 @ 10:09 AM gHale


A Roanoke, VA, chemical distributor in will pay a $43,967 penalty and complete more than $200,000 in safety improvements to settle violations of federal environmental laws designed to protect and inform the public about hazardous chemicals.

Chemsolv Inc. and Austin Holdings-VA, LLC, owner of two of three properties that make up the facility faced violations that include the facility’s lack of fire protection, inadequate secondary containment, and improper storage of incompatible chemicals, said the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) complaint.

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Other violations concern the company’s failure to fully implement its risk management program designed to help prevent chemical releases, and the company’s failure to submit required documentation to state, county and local officials for the facility’s numerous hazardous chemicals. States and communities can use this information to improve chemical safety and to protect public health and the environment in the event of a release.

The settlement follows an EPA order in June 2008 for Chemsolv to take extensive measures to ensure its storage facilities complied with industry standards and risk management program regulations. To comply with the order, Chemsolv rebuilt two large warehouses at the facility.

In the settlement, Chemsolv agreed to pay a cash penalty of $43,967, and to implement two additional safety upgrades that exceed regulatory requirements: Installation of a nitrogen blanketing system on 20 storage tanks containing flammable materials at a cost of $153,000, and installation of a dry disconnect system on hoses at the facility, which will eliminate drips and accidental spills during loading and unloading of chemicals, at a cost of $63,000.

In the settlement documents, the company neither admitted nor denied liability for the violations, the EPA said.



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