Inspection reveals problems at PCO


BY MIKE GERVAIS [email protected]

Verona city leaders applaud the Environmental Protection Agency following an inspection of BCP ingredients in early July.

The city’s mayor, Joseph Heck, said the inspection and the resulting 16 violations are a “step in the right direction” for Verona residents who have repeatedly raised concerns about emissions. ethylene oxide, a known carcinogen.

In a summary of the inspection report, the EPA said the BCP did not:

• Review and update analyzes of off-site consequences

• Maintain documentation of the ventilation system design

• Maintain documentation of security systems; maintain documentation of the consequences of deviations within the framework of process safety equipment

• Perform PHA on process 1000114872, EO drum truck storage

• Identify the correct technique used to conduct the PHA

• Manage temporary and emergency operations

• Process the emergency stop and the start following a recovery or an emergency stop

• Follow all the steps detailed in the SOPs

• Correct equipment deficiencies that are outside acceptable limits before further use or in a safe and timely manner when the necessary means are taken to ensure safe operation

• Establish written procedures to maintain the ongoing integrity of process equipment

• Certify and ensure that compliance audits have been carried out at least every three years

• Determine or document an appropriate response to each of the compliance audit findings and document that deficiencies have been corrected

• conducted emergency response activities at least once a year; document emergency response coordination activities

• Submit current RMP at least every five years.

“I want to celebrate a bit,” Heck said. “I want to thank the community, Lara (Hazlewood) and Pam Doeton for speaking up about this.”

Heck said he was contacted last month by a new EPA representative, Michael Davis, who is a new liaison between Verona and the EPA. He said he didn’t expect to see any results of the change from the EPA side, but was thrilled when Davis followed up and immediately showed the results via the inspection and resultant report.

“He’s actually done some stuff and he’s contacting [Hazlewood] almost every week,” Heck said. “We were told that BCP employees had to wear air monitoring badges, but they don’t actually work and the air monitoring stations there have been disconnected.”

In its report, the EPA asked the BCP for a response to its findings and gave it 15 days to do so.

Heck also said he was invited to a meeting with the EPA in Aurora at 11 a.m. on Sept. 19, when he hopes to hear BCP’s response to the inspection findings.

Ron Gold, Verona’s attorney, said the EPA report says BCP failed to follow federal regulations and gave the plant 30 days to dispute the findings or fix the issues identified by the EPA. EPA.

Gold also said the EPA sent a letter to BCP requesting monitoring data going back to 2020.

“BCP has five things to file for the EPA and they have 30 days,” Gold said. “If this information is not produced, they could face fines.” Gold also said the 30-day deadline ends with the Sept. 19 meeting between Heck and the EPA. “This is just the first bow shot,” Gold said. “As fast as you want answers, it’s a process that’s going to take time.”

Heck said he would encourage residents of Verona, Monett and Aurora to attend the Sept. 19 meeting. “People within 12 miles can be affected by ethylene oxide,” Heck said. He also said state representative Mitch Boggs, R-La Russell, is also expected to attend the meeting.


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