BOSTON – Cold storage and ice manufacturing company JP Lillis Enterprises, which does business under the trade name Cape Cod Ice, has agreed to pay penalties of $225,000 to settle claims by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over unmet requirements at its East Providence and Sandwich, Mass.-based facilities.
According to the EPA, JP Lillis violated federal Clean Air Act requirements at the two facilities, which are meant to prevent chemical releases relating to the company’s use of ammonia.
The EPA said that, in violation of the Clean Air Act, JP Lillis failed to put in place a required “Risk Management Plan” for ammonia used in the refrigeration system at its East Providence Facility.
The environmental watchdog agency alleged that at its Sandwich location the company violated the Clean Air Act’s General Duty Clause, which applies to facilities where “extremely hazardous substances,” such as ammonia, are present.
The EPA alleged that the company did not take the required steps to design and maintain a safe facility or take precautions that would minimize the consequences of an accidental release of ammonia at its Sandwich facility.
According to the EPA release, the company failed to provide mechanical ventilation, working ammonia detectors and emergency shutdown switch for the machinery room, develop operating procedures and a comprehensive mechanical integrity program, and train employees in the proper operation of the system at the Sandwich facility.
Both Cape Cod Ice facilities are located less than a fifth of a mile from residential homes, and less than a quarter of a mile from retail and office areas, according to the EPA.
After the government inspection, JP Lillis submitted a risk management plan for its East Providence facility and is currently working to fix the problems identified at the Sandwich facility, according to the EPA release.
A company representative could not be reached for comment.