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Cape Cod Ice to pay $225K to settle EPA complaint

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- A cold storage and ice manufacturing company with facilities in East Providence, R.I. and Sandwich, Mass., has agreed to pay $225,000 to settle claims by the Environmental Protection Agency that it violated Clean Air Act requirements.

The EPA alleged in its complaint that Cape Cod Ice didn't have a required risk management plan for ammonia used in the refrigeration system at its East Providence facility. The agency also said the company didn't taken required precautions at its Sandwich facility to minimize the consequences of an accidental release of ammonia.

The case stemmed from a routine EPA inspection of the Sandwich facility in 2011. The settlement was announced Wednesday.

The company says it has completed all of the actions required by EPA and settled the case to avoid litigation of its appeals.