Idaho sugar company ordered to pay $18K after chlorine gas release

PAUL, Idaho (AP) — Amalgamated Sugar Co. has agreed to pay $18,000 in penalties after federal regulators said the company delayed reporting a chlorine gas release at its Paul plant.

The Times-News reported Friday the settlement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the sugar beet processor.

The Feb. 7, 2012, gas release was caused by a truck driver who unloaded the wrong chemical into a tank. The chemical mixture blew the tank lid off and close to 43 pounds of chlorine gas was released.

The EPA says the company notified state and federal agencies after 46 hours.

Chlorine gas can attack the skin, eyes, throat and lungs, and can cause serious injury or even death.

Plant manager Larry Lloyd says the company does not admit to any wrongdoing in the settlement.

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Information from: The Times-News