CALDWELL -- A frozen foods company in Caldwell will pay over $84,000 in fines to the Environmental Protection Agency for hazardous chemical reporting violations.
Rhodes International, Inc. produces frozen cinnamon rolls and other frozen bread products.
According to EPA, they stored large amounts of anhydrous ammonia at their Caldwell plant between 2006 and 2009 without properly reporting it to local agencies.
Local emergency planners and responders rely on this information to do their jobs. Its critical information for them to protect the community and themselves when a dangerous chemical release occurs, said Wally Moon, Preparedness and Prevention Unit Manager from the EPA Emergency Management Program in Seattle.
Anhydrous ammonia is a pungent, toxic gas that attacks skin, eyes, throat, and lungs and can cause serious injury or death.