Citation Watch: Minnesota Co-op Fined $120,000 for Violation of the Risk Management Program

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Who Got Cited?

A Minnesota co-op located in Randolph and Montgomery Minnesota. This Minnesota co-op stores anhydrous ammonia in excess of 10,000 lbs.

What Happened?

This co-op did not follow the mandates outlined in the risk management plan program. They were cited at both locations for:


  • The Randolph Facility failed to document names or positions of people responsible for the implementation of the facility’s RMP Program elements and to document the lines of authority between them, as required by 40 C.F.R. § 68.15(c).
  • The Randolph Facility failed to maintain records of the off-site consequence analysis, as required by 40 C.F.R. § 68.39.

What Was The Result?

The facility was fined $120,000 for both facilities being out of compliance. The facilities will need to file an updated RMP to the EPA, documenting names or positions of people responsible for the implementation of the facility’s RMP program elements and to document the lines of authority between them, as required by 40 C.F.R. § 68.15(c). and they will need to maintain records of the off-site consequence analysis, as required by 40 C.F.R. § 68.39. This will be captured in their revised RMP.

Citation Prevention

It's imperitive that facilities storing anhydrous ammonia in excess of 10,000 lbs submit the RMP information to the EPA correctly and on time. We monitor when our customers RMP’s 5 year re-submittals are due and contact the customer to verify the information is correct before re-submitting the RMP to the EPA.

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