Jerome Cheese Will Pay $88K EPA Fine

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With officials from the Environmental Protection Agency pointing to inspection violations of May 2011, Jerome Cheese has agreed to pay a penalty—the second time in the past two years.

This morning's Twin Falls Times-News reports that EPA inspectors said the Jerome operation failed to follow regulations governing the use of a colorless ammonia gas, with feds adding that "most accidents with anhydrous ammonia occur from uncontrolled or accidental releases." EPA officials said no ammonia was released during the incident.

Jerome Cheese will pay $88,000 in the most recent settlement. The Times-News reports that in July 2013, Jerome Cheese paid a $304,000 fine in connection with allegations that the company had dumped polluted wastewater into the region's irrigation system.

In both settlements, Jerome Cheese didn't admit or deny the allegations.