EPA Fines Wyoming Ethanol $49,000 for Violations

The company was cited for risk management planning violations and failure to report hazardous chemicals used at the facility.

A Wyoming Ethanol facility has received fines of $49,000 for improper use of hazardous chemicals and not abiding by federal right-to-know laws. These laws require companies to report the chemicals used at facilities.

"Companies that use chemicals and substances which pose a potential danger are responsible for reporting those chemicals to the Toxic Release Inventory and having a robust risk management program in place," Mike Gaydosh, director of EPA's enforcement program in Denver, said in a news release on EPA's website. "Failure to do so places the environment, employees, and the nearby community at risk. We are encouraged that Wyoming Ethanol has been cooperative in correcting the violations and coming into compliance."

EPA inspected the Torrington facility in May 2012 and under the Clean Air Act, the facility's risk management practices were deficient. The company has agreed to the settlement and is now compliant with the ruling.

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