Wis. company penalized $15K

Keith Loria Jan. 10, 2011, 3:22pm

Van Hollen

LAC DU FLAMBEAU, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced on Monday that a power company will be required to pay $15,000 for allegedly failing to comply with requirements for one of its facilities.

Petroleum Heat & Power allegedly failed to engage in proper emergency planning and community right-to-know reporting requirements that apply to hazardous chemicals used at its Thorofare Road facility.

Under state law, the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act requires the company to report the location and amounts of hazardous chemicals present above certain thresholds to the local fire department, local emergency planning committee and the Division of Emergency Management in the Department of Military Affairs.

"A facility's failure to file the required reports prevents adequate preparation and planning for hazardous chemical releases and puts the first responder community and the general public at risk in the event of a chemical release," Van Hollen said.

"The Wisconsin Department of Justice will work with the Department of Military Affairs to ensure that the public is protected through compliance with the law."

As of November 10, the company is in complete compliance with state emergency planning laws, Van Hollen says.

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