Industrial gas company reaches Clean Air Act settlement

PASCO, Wash. (AP) — An industrial and medical gas company in the Tri-Cities region has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle allegations that it didn’t meet some risk management standards set under the federal Clean Air Act. The Tri-City Herald reports the Environmental Protection Agency said Oxarc stored more than 2,500 pounds of chlorine and more than 5,000 pounds of sulfur dioxide at the company’s Pasco facility without a complete emergency response plan, among other problems. Oxarc neither admitted nor denied the EPA’s allegations in the settlement agreement. The agreement said the alleged violations have since been corrected.