Ice cream producer settles on $170,000 for ammonia violations
USA: A New Bedford, Massachusetts ice cream maker has reached a $170,000 settlement with the US EPA for violating safety rules in the use of its refrigeration system at ammonia.
The Crystal Ice Co, a leading supplier of ice to the fishing industry in and around New Bedford, experienced an ammonia release in April 2018
The release of the company’s refrigeration system, which contains 22,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia, triggered an EPA inspection. This led to the discovery of multiple violations of the US Clean Air Act Risk Management Plan regulations. The regulations are designed to prevent accidental releases of substances that can cause serious harm to the public and the environment from short-term exposures and to mitigate the severity of any releases that do occur.
Some of the alleged violations included failure to comply with requirements to compile written process safety information and to conform to what the EPA described as “recognized and generally accepted good engineering practices”, the failure to -full compliance with process risk analysis requirements and lack of adequate training. employees who help ensure workers and emergency responders have the information they need to respond safely to accidental releases.