The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that Torrington-based Wyoming Ethanol, LLC, will forfeit $49,000 in penalties to settle claims related to the facility’s Risk Management Program and chemical reporting requirements.
According to a media release from the EPA, the alleged violations are associated with the use of hazardous chemicals and Wyoming Ethanol's failure to appropriately report chemicals used on site - in violation of federal right-to-know laws.
Mike Gaydosh, director of the EPA's enforcement program based in Denver, says in the release companies that use chemicals and substances that pose a potential danger are responsible for reporting those chemicals and having a robust risk management program in place.
He says failure to do these things places employees, the nearby community and the environment at risk. Despite this, he says the EPA is encouraged that Wyoming Ethanol has been cooperative in correcting the violations and coming into compliance.
The agreement stems from an inspection by the EPA of Wyoming Ethanol's facility that took place in May of 2012, when the agency says certain deficiencies were noted.