Processing Magazine

Virginia chemical distributor fined $44,000 for safety violations

September 1, 2011

PHILADELPHIA — Chemicals and Solvents Inc., a chemical distributor based in Roanoke, Va., has agreed to pay a $43,967 penalty and complete more than $200,000 in safety improvements to settle alleged violations of federal environmental laws designed to protect and inform the public about hazardous chemicals, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The alleged violations include the facility’s lack of fire protection, inadequate secondary containment and improper storage of incompatible chemicals.

Other violations concern the company’s failure to fully implement its risk management program that is designed to help prevent chemical releases, and the company’s failure to submit required documentation to state, county and local officials for the facility’s numerous hazardous chemicals.