Cheese manufacturer fined $33,880 for chemical reporting violations
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Cheese manufacturer Swiss Valley Farms Cooperative has agreed to pay a $33,880 civil penalty to settle two violations of environmental regulations related to the public reporting of toxic chemicals at its facility in Luana, Iowa.
In May 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requested information from Swiss Valley Farms Cooperative and found the company had failed to submit reports concerning quantities of certain toxic chemicals that were manufactured, processed or otherwise used at the facility during 2009.
Those chemicals were nitric acid and nitrate compounds, which are known to be harmful to human health.
Submission of the annual toxic chemical reports is a requirement of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).