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Dyno Nobel to pay penalty and improve accident prevention and preparedness planning at Cheyenne facility

Release Date: 07/11/2011
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Company to improve risk management and maintenance of equipment used to store and process hazardous chemicals.

Contact Information: David Cobb, (303) 312-6592; Lisa McClain-Vanderpool (303) 312-6077

(Denver, Colo--, July 11, 2011) Australia-based Dyno Nobel, Inc has agreed to settle a series of alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at the company’s Cheyenne plant for $110,900.

EPA conducted a compliance inspection at Dyno Nobel’s plant on Otto Road in November of 2010 to assess the facility’s compliance with federal risk management program regulations. The settlement requires Dyno Nobel to improve maintenance and internal auditing of equipment used to store and process hazardous chemicals. The company will also improve documentation of training for employees working with these chemicals.

“Companies that use chemicals and substances which pose a potential danger are responsible for having a robust risk management program in place,” said Mike Gaydosh, director of EPA’s enforcement program in Denver. “Failure to do so places the environment, employees, and the nearby community at risk.”

Under the Clean Air Act, facilities that handle large quantities of hazardous materials must develop a risk management program and submit a risk management plan to assist with emergency preparedness, chemical release prevention, and minimization of releases that occur. EPA inspectors found that the facility had not adequately implemented those regulations.

Dyno Nobel, a global supplier of industrial explosives, has multiple operations in the U.S. and internationally. The company stores large quantities of hazardous substances at its Cheyenne plant, including ammonia and chlorine. Failure to establish adequate programs and keep plans updated can increase the risk of workplace accidents and reduce preparedness for emergencies.

For more information on the Clean Air Act and risk management requirements: http://www.epa.gov/oem/content/rmp/caa_faqs.htm