Company faces fine over concerns tied to chemical use
Belding – A western Michigan company faces a $115,000 fine as part of a proposed consent order with the state over safety concerns tied to the use of a chemical used to make chlorine tablets for swimming pools.
Kassouni Manufacturing in Belding also has been ordered by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy to prevent future air quality violations, WOOD-TV reported.
The state said trichloroisocyanuric acid was not disposed of properly at the facility, northwest of Grand Rapids. The chemical can catch fire and release chlorine gas when exposed to small amounts of water.
The Belding Fire Department was called to the plant repeatedly in the summer of 2019 to deal with such problems. The company temporarily was ordered to cease operations.
Kassouni Manufacturing has stopped making the tablets and no longer uses the chemical, according to the television station.
The state is taking comment on the proposed consent order through Nov. 4.