US cold storage firm fined $75000 for flouting Clean Air Act

Massachusetts, US: Refrigerated warehouse company Preferred Freezer Services has paid $75,000 for violations of the Clean Air Act at three cold storage sites in Massachusetts.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) brought the case against the firm that provides refrigerated warehouse space for frozen food producers and suppliers.

The EPA claimed that the company violated federal regulations designed to prevent chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) from leaking from industrial refrigeration equipment and damaging the earth’s stratospheric ozone layer. The violations occurred at Preferred Freezer’s facilities in Raynham, Sharon and Westfield, Mass. EPA’s New England office alleged that all three facilities failed to certify that they had appropriate CFC recovery or recycling equipment. In addition, at the Raynham and Sharon facilities a company technician serviced appliances containing CFCs on various occasions without being certified by an approved certification program. Preferred Freezer corrected these violations in April 2010.

Preferred Freezer owns and operates 25 refrigerated warehouse facilities throughout the US.