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EPA Fines Kansas Bulk Storage Company

August 12, 2010

The Associated Press reports, a Kansas bulk materials storage company has been fined $97,000 to settle allegations that it violated federal laws on toxic chemical storage. The Environmental Protection Agency announced the settlement and civil penalty against Tanco Kansas City. The agency contends Tanco failed to file proper documents about its storage of sulfuric acid from 2006 to 2008. A subsequent report showed that in 2009 Tanco stored more than 2 million pounds of the hazardous chemical. The EPA also says Tanco did not have a plan to guard against spills into a tributary of the Missouri River. The EPA says Tanco''s facility can store about 7 million gallons of liquid asphalt, sulfuric acid and calcium chloride.