EPA Fines Kinder Morgan $316K

by Taylor Viydo, tviydo@k2tv.com 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that Kinder Morgan agreed to pay a total of $316,000 for violations at natural gas plants in Casper and Douglas. 
The EPA says the energy company failed to have sufficient risk management plans at the two plants. In addition, Kinder Morgan has agreed to strengthen accident prevention and preparedness at the plants. The improvements look to reduce the possibility of an accidental release of hazardous chemicals. 
Under the federal Clean Air Act, facilities that contain hazardous and flammable substances, like natural gas, must develop and submit risk management plans to the EPA. Such plans dictate emergency preparedness and chemical release prevention. 
EPA inspectors found that the Casper and Douglas plants had not adequately implemented those regulations. 
"Companies that use chemicals and substances which pose a potential danger are responsible for having a robust risk management program in place," said EPA official Mike Gaydosh in a press release. "Failure to do so places the environment, employees, and nearby communities at risk." 
As of Thursday afternoon, Kinder Morgan had not commented on the settlement.