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Emerald Kalama Chemical Resolves Clean Air Violations, Repair Lapses

Release Date: 06/04/2014
Contact Information: Hanady Kader, EPA Public Affairs, 206-553-0454, kader.hanady@epa.gov

(Seattle—June 4, 2014) Emerald Kalama Chemical has agreed to resolve inadequate leak detection and repair practices that violated federal clean air laws at its facility in Kalama, Washington, according to a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The company produces food preservatives and flavoring, anti-microbials, fragrances, and plastic products.

“Leak detection and repair of industrial equipment prevents the release of hazardous air pollutants,” said Scott Downey, Manager of the Air Compliance Unit in EPA’s Seattle office. “Industrial facilities handle materials that can be toxic, and they are responsible for ensuring those facilities are in working order.”

An EPA inspection found that from 2009 to 2011 the facility failed to perform required leak detection and repairs on pumps, valves, and monitoring instruments.

The company has agreed to pay a fine of $18,340.

For more information on the Clean Air Act, visit http://www.epa.gov/air/caa/

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