Goleta Ice Rink Settles Environmental Violation with District Attorney

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Goleta Ice Rink Settles Environmental Violation with District Attorney
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Source: Santa Barbara County District Attorney

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that Greater Santa Barbara Ice Skating Association (GSBISA), the nonprofit which operates Ice in Paradise in Goleta, has stipulated to a court order for online hazardous materials reporting.  The stipulation is part of a civil case filed today in the Superior Court for Santa Barbara County.

GSBISA uses anhydrous ammonia stored on its premises as a refrigerant for its ice rinks.  Its new facilities have passed inspections for on-site safety, but an investigation by the District Attorney’s Office determined in June 2017 that GSBISA had not prepared or filed online a Hazardous Materials Business Plan (HMBP), as required by California law.  The HMBP contains information that emergency responders can use to locate and deal with hazardous materials in an emergency.  This case is based on GSBISA’s omission to prepare and file the required HMBP.

GSBISA responded immediately with the required filing, has implemented environmental compliance training, and will pay $5,000 for compliance costs/penalty.  Half of the payment will go to the Santa Barbara County Certified Unified Program Agency, the unit within Environmental Health Services responsible for HMBP compliance, and half will go to the District Attorney’s Office.  A stipulated court order makes it easier to enforce compliance.

District Attorney Dudley said, “Even though this was a reporting violation, it affects community safety.  The board of GSBISA responded appropriately and were fully cooperative.  We want to work with all local businesses and nonprofits to ensure they comply with California’s environmental and public safety laws.”

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richyrich Oct 24, 2017 02:44 PM
Goleta Ice Rink Settles Environmental Violation with District Attorney

I also was in this field for many years and have completed many hazardous materials management plans. Yes they're a pain in the butt, but only if your company is operating with one or 200 different types of chemicals. These management plans are a freaking piece a cake if you only have a couple of chemicals on site, so quit all the wanking and just do your damn paperwork! And no, it is not nonsense, it gives the fire department and hazmat crews clear information as to what chemicals are in your facility and what quantity and where they are. I don't think that's too much to ask from a regulatory standpoint.

pii Oct 24, 2017 02:20 PM
Goleta Ice Rink Settles Environmental Violation with District Attorney

Ammonia can be a problem when it leaks.
I do think the DA likes to fleece companies. They are an easy target. I think if they were truly concerned with "public safety", they would offer their help for such paperwork oversights. Then they would create an atmosphere where the DA's presence would be welcomed as a positive element and more would be accomplished with less work. There are so many rules, no one can be aware of them all. I have found out I have been in violation of obscure (to me) rules in the last few years. Significant costs were incurred as government's presence grows and grows.
It is misleading to spout "environmental violation" when the real violation is paperwork.

I receive checks in the mail, as do most people. The packages always come with a warning that the checks may cause cancer. Really! We have so many warnings that they become meaningless.

tagdes Oct 24, 2017 11:01 AM
Goleta Ice Rink Settles Environmental Violation with District Attorney

So you both believe the fire dept. should not know where hazardous materials are stored. Did you even read the article? I'm sure you would never advertise hauling toxic chemicals or radio active materials on a truck you owned, but guess what...it is the law.

ZeroHawk Oct 24, 2017 01:11 PM
Goleta Ice Rink Settles Environmental Violation with District Attorney

Please put down the stupid juice for a day. You clearly have zero knowledge of hazmat. I have a hazmat license. Anhydrous ammonia is a basic fertilizer compound and is used all over the state, city...county...in fact you eat things that have been grown using fertilizers containing it. In a farming environment, it is compressed and could be dangerous. In an ice rink, all ice rinks use it. So they slipped and didn't file in time. no biggie. but as for 1984's comment, i fully agree. MSDS on file, hanging near the container is enough to be compliant....Noleta is just looking for some money....as usual.

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