South Portland chemical firm settles EPA claim with $68K fine

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SOUTH PORTLAND — A Massachusetts company with a warehouse in South Portland has agreed to pay more than $68,000 in fines to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Monson Cos. also will provide training and equipment worth nearly $33,000 to local emergency response teams, according to a statement from the EPA.

The fines will settle claims that Monson violated the Clean Air Act, the Maine Hazardous Waste Management Rules, federal hazardous waste laws and the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act at its warehouse, repackaging and chemical manufacturing plant on Runway Road.

The EPA said Monson broke the law by failing to separate incompatible chemicals and to maintain adequate aisle spacing, creating a risk of fire, explosion and release of toxic gases.

The issues have since been rectified, the EPA said.