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EPA fines Amerigas Propane, L.P. over $28,000 for failure to file Inventory of Hazardous Chemicals Report

Release Date: 07/17/2006
Contact Information: Suzanne Powers, (360) 753-9475, Stephanie Mairs, (206) 553-7359, Tony Brown, (206) 553-1203,

(Dallesport, WA - July 17, 2006) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered Amerigas Propane, L.P. (Amerigas) to pay $28,495.95 for failure to file a Tier II, Inventory of Hazardous Chemicals Report, to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and fire department. In addition to the penalty, Amerigas has also agreed to perform a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) which will provide $28,752 to pay for emergency response equipment for Dallesport Fire Department.

For calendar years 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004, Amerigas failed to file the inventory reports with the SERC, LEPC and fire department with jurisdiction over the facility. Amerigas’s propane facility is located in Klickitat County, at 104 Parallel Avenue, Dallesport, WA.

The failure to file the Tier II Inventory of Hazardous Chemicals Report with appropriate agencies is a violation of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).

"These laws help communities prepare for and respond to chemical accidents," said Mike Bussell, Director of EPA’s Office of Compliance & Enforcement in Seattle. "They also help reduce the likelihood and severity of accidental chemical releases that could harm the public and the environment."

Amerigas sells propane and for this purpose stores approximately 600,000 pounds of propane at their site in Dallesport, Washington. Propane is a liquefied petroleum gas that is flammable, colorless, non-corrosive and non-toxic, but can be an asphyxiant if it replaces oxygen. Propane is listed as a hazardous substance under Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA).

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