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EPA TO CONDUCT CHEMICAL SAFETY AUDIT AT ROYSTER PHOSPHATES, INC. IN PALMETTO, FLA.

 EPA TO CONDUCT CHEMICAL SAFETY AUDIT AT ROYSTER PHOSPHATES, INC.
 IN PALMETTO, FLA.
 ATLANTA, Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chemical Accident Prevention Program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will begin a chemical safety audit at Royster Phosphates, Inc. in Palmetto, Fla., on Jan. 21.
 The audit is expected to be completed by the end of the week.
 EPA conducted an audit at the facility in March 1989 but will conduct a second audit because the company experienced an accidental release of sulfur dioxide, in cloud form, on Friday, Dec. 6, 1991. Several people were reported to have suffered respiratory problems as a result of the release. This will be the first time that EPA, Region IV, will have conducted a second audit at a facility.
 During the audit, EPA officials, along with state environmental and emergency response officials, will evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of recommendations that were made as a result of the initial audit. EPA will work with Royster to identify causes of the release in order to determine how recurrences can be prevented.
 Chemical safety audits are part of the agency's Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Prevention Program. They generally include a review of the process, procedures, health and safety plans, site locations, and overall facility plans. They are conducted at various facilities throughout the region by EPA, with assistance from state and local agencies.
 Federal laws require facilities to immediately notify federal and/or state and local officials of accidental releases of hazardous substances in amounts in excess of established minimum quantities. Additionally, these facilities must report annually to state and local officials the types and amounts of hazardous substances on-site in quantities above established threshold levels. They are also required to report to EPA and to the state the annual emissions of certain toxic chemicals which enter the air, water and land.
 EPA will prepare a technical report describing the audit, including findings and recommendations. EPA plans to complete its audit report in four to six weeks after the audit. The agency makes its reports available to the public. Copies may be requested by contacting Pat Steed, EPA Region IV, 345 Courtland St. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30365 (phone 404-347-1033).
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 /CONTACT: Pat Steed of the EPA Toxics Program, 404-347-1033, or Carl Terry, 404-347-3004, both of the United States Environmental Protection Agency/ CO: United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region IV; Royster
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