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Ammonia safety violations costs firm $300,000

USA: An ammonia refrigeration system with a number of allegedly serious deficiencies has cost a cold storage company nearly $300,000 in fines and corrective actions.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement with a New Hampshire company, Londonderry Freezer Warehouse, for alleged violations of chemical accident prevention related to the use of ammonia in refrigeration and cooling units. 

Londonderry Freezer Warehouse has spent more than $215,000 to bring its facility back into compliance with the requirements of the US clean air act. The company has also paid $78,200 to resolve the alleged violations.

The EPA alleged that Londonderry Freezer Warehouse’s cold storage facility had inadequate alarms, rusted valves, inadequate ventilation, and insufficient access to emergency controls, among other alleged deficiencies. 

The company is said to have fully cooperated with EPA’s New England regional office and has certified that they are now in compliance with the Clean Air Act.

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