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OSHA Cites Russell Stover after Ammonia Release Shuts Plant

Associated Press - April 1, 2016 1:03 pm

Federal officials are seeking $193,600 in penalties from Russell Stover Candies after a hazardous chemical was released at an eastern Kansas plant.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration also announced Thursday that it was placing the candy maker in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program. The company’s Iola plant closed for more than two hours in September when an air-conditioning pipe broke and released about 22 pounds of anhydrous ammonia into the air.

OSHA official Judy Freeman says failing to properly control highly hazardous chemicals creates the potential for an accidental release that “could result in a tragedy.”

Russell Stover said in a statement that it was reviewing the OSHA allegations and would work with the regulators to ensure “all appropriate actions are taken to protect our employees and our product.”

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