JEROME, Idaho -- A dairy processor in Jerome has agreed to pay $52,000 in fines for failing to report on time its use of toxic chemicals.

The fine was handed down last week by the Environmental Protection Agency against Idaho Milk Products.

The company was accused of failing in 2009 to disclose in a timely manner its use of nitric acid. In court records, the EPA says the company used 300,000 pounds of nitric acid and manufactured more than 25,000 pounds of nitric compounds in 2009. The Times-News reports the company ultimately filed proper documentation for nitric acid 360 days late.

EPA officials say communities have a right to know what chemicals companies are using and potentially releasing into the environment.

Dairy officials saying their late disclosure was an oversight.

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