General Biodiesel Settles with EPA

Seattle-based company agrees to pay $63,000 fine.

January 8, 2013
REW Staff

General Biodiesel, a Seattle company that converts various oils into biodiesel fuel and glycerol, has agreed to pay a fine for failing to report their hazardous chemicals in violation of federal emergency planning laws, according to a consent agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

General Biodiesel’s process uses hazardous chemicals including methanol, sodium methoxide and sulfuric acid. In 2009 and 2010, General Biodiesel failed to submit Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory forms to the Seattle fire department, King County, Wash., emergency management and Washington's Emergency Response Commission.

"When a company fails to report their hazardous chemicals to emergency planners and responders, they put their employees and the community at risk," says Kelly McFadden, EPA's Pesticides and Toxics Unit manager. "This information is critical to alert federal, state, and local officials to prevent injuries or deaths to emergency responders, workers, and the local community."

General Biodiesel agreed to pay a $62,985 penalty and fully comply with federal emergency planning rules to protect their workers, emergency responders, and the local community.