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Chemical distributor gets fine from EPA

A Tacoma petroleum and chemical distributor has been fined $21,000 for failing to tell emergency management officials about large amounts of hazardous substances it stores on the Tacoma Tideflats.

Pacific Functional Fluids LLC., agreed to pay the fine to settle hazardous chemical reporting violations, according to a consent agreement released Tuesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

“Local emergency planners and responders need this information to do their jobs,” Wally Moon, of the EPA’s Emergency Response Unit, said in a news release. A Pacific Fluids representative did not respond to a request for comment.

According to the EPA, Pacific Fluids stores 10,000 pounds or more each of ethylene glycol, potassium hydroxide and acetic acid at its facility at 2244 Port of Tacoma Road.

That’s more than the threshold for required reporting under the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act. The company should have reported the chemicals to the Tacoma Fire Department, Pierce County Local Emergency Planning Committee and the State Emergency Response Commission, the EPA said.

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