EPA extracted a $35,000 penalty for not complying with the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act.
In the agreement, EPA alleges that Pacific Seafood failed to immediately notify emergency response entities after the ammonia release occurred and they failed to submit a completed Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory Form. The federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act require that releases of hazardous substances such as ammonia above a reportable quantity be immediately reported to federal, state and local emergency responders.
Are your facility staff trained to notify the appropriate authorities immediately when an incident occurs?
A little good will can go a long way. Have you taken the initiative to establish good relations with your neighbors, first responders and Local Emergency Planning Committee before an incident occurs?