Chemical inventory reporting violation: EPA settles with
Environmental Management Corp., Lincoln
(Originally posted Friday)
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[March 19, 2010]
CHICAGO -- U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency Region 5 recently settled an administrative case
involving hazardous chemical inventory reporting violations at the
municipal wastewater treatment plant in Lincoln, operated by
Environmental Management Corp. The company will pay a civil penalty
of $12,500 and purchase 10 direct-fired heaters for diesel school
buses, valued at $41,000, for two Logan County school districts.
Environmental Management Corp. failed to provide emergency and
hazardous chemical inventory forms to state and local authorities.
EMC was storing chlorine and diesel fuel over the minimum threshold
level. According to Richard Karl, EPA Region 5's Superfund director,
"the company has since switched from chlorine to sodium
hypochlorite, has cooperated fully with the investigation and is now
Responders need to know what chemicals are stored at facilities
so they can take steps to protect people living and working in the
Chester-East Lincoln and Hartsburg-Emden school districts will
receive the direct-fired heaters for diesel school bus retrofits.
That will reduce the amount of diesel emissions from the buses.
Diesel emission reduction is an EPA priority project.
[Text from file received from
U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency Region 5]