Utah County company fined by EPA

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UTAH COUNTY -- A Utah County chemical company is facing a hefty fine from the Environmental Protection Agency. Federal regulators accuse Parish Chemical, located at 145 N. Geneva Rd., of improperly storing hazardous waste, which the EPA says could have put employees and neighbors in danger.

The company is accused of several violations of laws which regulate hazardous waste.

Federal officials are asking for $646,000 to cover expenses related to resolving the violations.

"The neglect discovered at Parish Chemical represents a continuing threat to the safety of employees, nearby residents and the environment," said Eddie Sierra, EPA's Assistant Regional Administrator for Enforcement in Denver. "Our goal is to compel this company to comply with all applicable environmental and health and safety requirements."

Officials at Parish Chemical said they were unaware of the EPA's action. They did not respond to our request for a statement regarding the fine or if the violations have been resolved.

According to a press release from the EPA, Parish Chemical is a manufacturing company that specializes in the research, development and production of organic chemicals and materials.

In addition, the facility includes chemical and drum storage areas adjacent to and outside of the main building, as well as at least two surface impoundments. The following substances, among many others, have been found at the facility: methylene chloride, acetone, dimethyl formamide, petroleum ether, tetrahydrofuran, dichloroethyl ether, benzene, toluene, perchloric acid and phosphorus pentachloride.

145 N. Geneva Rd. in Vineyard

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