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Chlorine Release

Tacoma, WA: (Jan-21-08) The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) brought charges against Pioneer Americas, LLC, alleging that the company failed to report the release of nearly 900 lbs of chlorine from their Tacoma facility in a timely manner. The suit stated that the facility did not immediately notify local and state agencies about the chlorine release. According to Tacoma Fire Department and US Coast Guard, a large portion of the Port of Tacoma was closed and a number of people were evacuated. The Tacoma Fire Department reported 26 people, five fire fighters, and seven Korean Crewmembers from a nearby ship had to be transported to area hospitals for evaluation and treatment. Records show that most of the injuries were minor and there were no fatalities.

EPA officials claimed that chlorine release and the failure to notify appropriate agencies are violations of the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). As part of a settlement reached, the company agreed to pay $15,804 in penalties and $59,144 to provide emergency response equipment for local firefighters, resolving the lawsuit. [YOSEMITE EPA: CHLORINE RELEASE]

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Published on Jan-23-08


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