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Los Angeles, CA: (Nov-13-07) The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) brought charges against 26 central California facilities, including facilities located in Fresno, Kings, Kern, Madera, and Tulare counties, alleging that they failed to resubmit risk management plans, a violation of the Clean Air Act. EPA officials claimed that when properly implemented, risk management plans help prevent chemical releases and mitigate their potential impacts at facilities that store large amounts of extremely hazardous substances, flammables and other hazardous chemicals. Ammonia and chlorine, extremely hazardous substances, were the most common chemicals found at the 26 facilities which include cold storage and refrigeration, wineries, fruit packing, wastewater treatment, packaging manufacturing, and a water irrigation district.

As part of a settlement reached, the 26 central California facilities agreed to pay a total of $18,800 to resolve allegations. The defendants included Actagro, LLC, Ballantine Produce Company, Inc., Beef Packers, Inc., Golden State Vintners Winery, HMC Cold Storage, Ito Packing Company, Inc., Kingsburg Apple Packers, Inc., Royal Valley Fruit Growers Association, S&S Produce, Franzia Winery Sanger, Tri-Boro Fruit Co., Inc., City of Avenal Water Treatment Plant, City of Hanford Wastewater Treatment, Stratford Growers, Inc., Warmerdam Packing Company, Jakov P. Dulcich & Sons Cold Storage, Sealed Air Corporation, Sun-Maid Growers of California, Anchor Warehouse Services, LLC, Anton Caratan & Sons, Ducor Cold Storage, Family Tree Farms, Inc., Franzia Winery Tulare, Jody, Inc., Lindsay Strathmore Irrigation District, and Sandrini Sales, Inc. [WEBWIRE: RISK MANAGEMENT PLANS]

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Published on Nov-14-07


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