CLEARFIELD — Davis County Health Department officials have announced a settlement with the Silver Eagle Refinery over an incident in which “noxious odors” were released into the atmosphere on May 15-16.
According to a press release from the Davis County Health Department, the refinery agreed to improve their operations and pay a $10,000 fine.
On May 15, 2014, an accident on one of Silver Eagle Refining’s storage tanks resulted in the release of noxious odors. The release lasted for approximately 23 hours and created a nuisance in the surrounding residential area.
County officials later determined that the release was in violation of a Davis County Board of Health regulation due to the significant amount of airborne material released into residential areas, and Silver Eagle was issued the notice of violation on June 20.
The settlement also requires Silver Eagle to provide more details about the May incident and identify steps taken to prevent another similar event.
Silver Eagle also agreed to provide a better system for informing the public about the safety of their operation, and better access for local emergency personnel during such events.
According to Lewis Garrett, director of Davis County’s health department, “Silver Eagle Refining has cooperated fully with Davis County Health Department and is actively working to fulfill these requirements. We look forward to a continued relationship with Silver Eagle Refining to improve the health and safety of the refinery as well as their communication of pertinent information to the surrounding community.”