Utah oil refinery to pay $10K fine for noxious odor release
Silver Eagle Refining has agreed to pay a $10,000 fine for violating the Davis County Health Department's regulations when a tank failure released noxious odors into a Woods Cross neighborhood in May.
According to a health department news release, a storage tank holding ATB Yellow Wax, a liquid chemical mixture, failed at the petroleum refinery on May 15, releasing odors that created a nuisance in a residential neighborhood for 23 hours.
At the time, the South Davis Metro Fire chief said no material had leaked when a safety valve ruptured as workers were putting steam into the tank.
The health department investigated, found a significant amount of airborne material was released, and issued a notice of violation on June 20. The agreement with Silver Eagle was reached seven days later and announced on Tuesday.
Lewis Garrett, director of Davis County's health department, said the company cooperated fully and is working to fulfill other requirements of the settlement, according to the news release.
Besides the fine, Silver Eagle must:
• Provide a final report that details the circumstances of the tank failure and identifies steps taken to prevent future incidents.
• Provide all laboratory analysis of the ATB Yellow Wax to the health department.
• Provide updated Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) on all products stored at the refinery to the health department and community officials upon request.
• Implement a system to inform the community about possible health hazards or issues created by Silver Eagle Refining.
• Allow emergency personnel reasonable access to the refinery during events hazardous, or potentially hazardous, to public health.
• Demonstrate an ability to accept and respond to inquiries from the public when nuisance odors are created or may be created at the refinery.
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