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Packaging plant penalized for alleged EPA violations

Source: Standard Speaker | November 2nd, 2013
Industry type: Miscellaneous

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that Pretium Packaging LLC will pay a $75,860 penalty to settle alleged violations of federal risk management requirements at a plastic bottle manufacturing plant in York County and a now-closed facility in Muscatine, Iowa.

Pretium also has a plant in the Humboldt Industrial Park.

EPA said in a press release that it cited the Missouri-based company for violating the Clean Air Act’s risk management program requirements. These safeguards require regulated facilities to identify and assess the hazards posed by regulated substances, develop an accident prevention program to reduce the risk of accidental releases and develop an emergency response program.

The alleged violations at both plants involved fluorine, an extremely hazardous substance.

According to EPA, Pretium’s facility in Manchester did not have adequate safeguards in place for the fluorine process equipment, did not file a risk management plan in a timely manner and had not updated emergency contact information.

Pretium also allegedly failed to submit a risk management plan for fluorine at its Iowa facility, which ceased operations in October 2010.

As part of the settlement, the company did not admit liability for the alleged violations but has certified it is now in compliance with applicable regulations.