NAMPA — Sorrento Lactalis settled with the Environmental Protection Agency this week and agreed to pay $91,532 for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at its Nampa facility. 

According to a news release from the EPA, the cheese manufacturer did not meet risk management requirements that include properly inspecting and testing process equipment, annually certifying operating procedures, and conducting a compliance audit at least every three years.

Under the Clean Air Act, facilities that handle large amounts of chemicals — Sorrento uses more than 10,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia, according the EPA — are required to develop a risk management program and properly operate and maintain equipment.

Sorrento has since corrected the violations.


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