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Environmental Protection Agency Cites Longmont Chemical Company

February 20, 2019 GMT

The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday announced a civil settlement with company that didn’t properly report hazardous chemicals stored at its Longmont facility.

A news release from the agency stated that the company, Integrity Applied Science, agreed to pay a $24,335 penalty and comply with requirements to report hazardous chemicals stored at its facility at 10765 Turner Blvd.

The settlement, implemented under the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act, sprang from complaints from the Weld County Local Emergency Planning Committee and the Mountain View Fire Protection District.

The company is subject to Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act reporting requirements because it stores hazardous chemicals in quantities that surpass regulatory thresholds. It is required to submit an annual inventory to state and local emergency responders.

Wesley Aaron, owner of Integrity Applied Science, said the penalty arose from chemicals stored by a separate company that subleases space from his company. He said the two companies are involved in litigation and he could not comment further.

The Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act was enacted in 1986 to help communities plan for chemical-related emergencies.

Failure to comply with the requirements “prevents emergency responders from preparing for, and safely responding to, emergencies at facilities where chemical hazards may exist,” the EPA stated in the news release. “These and additional Community Right-to-Know provisions help increase public’s knowledge and access to information on chemicals at individual facilities, their uses, and releases into the environment.”

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