EPA deal earns Everett $27,765

Snohomish County is expected to get new emergency equipment through a settlement between the Environmental Protection Agency and Food Services of America.

The company failed to report that it had large quantities of ammonia, sulfuric acid, diesel fuel and lead at its Everett location, according to a statement released Monday by the EPA.

Under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, companies must submit an inventory of large quantities of certain hazardous chemicals to state and local emergency planning commissions and local fire departments.

The company has agreed to pay a $14,296 fine and will purchase $27,765 in new emergency response equipment for the Snohomish County Chapter of the Red Cross and Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management, according to the statement.

The Red Cross will get the majority of the money, said disaster volunteer Bill Burns.

The money will be used to buy a new generator for the disaster-response vehicle, upgrade communication systems and purchase equipment for disaster training in the community, Burns said.

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