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Company faces fine over concerns tied to chemical use

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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. WOOD-TV reports that Kassouni Manufacturing in Belding also has been ordered by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy to prevent future air quality violations. The state says 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.