|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 22, 2000
Release # 01-061
|CHS Propane Hotline: (800) 635-3998
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Ken Giles, (301) 504-7052
CHS Media Contact: Lani Jordan, (651) 451-4946
CPSC, Cenex Harvest States Cooperatives Announce Recall to Inspect Propane Gas
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Cenex Harvest States Cooperatives (CHS) of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., is voluntarily coordinating the testing of propane gas delivered to dealers in five states. The propane may not have contained enough odorant to allow consumers to smell leaking gas, presenting a fire, explosion or thermal burn hazard to consumers.
CHS learned of two explosions involving propane gas in Montana that resulted in four injuries. CHS is coordinating the testing of propane gas distributed to the following dealers to ensure that the propane produced at the CHS Refinery in Laurel, Montana contained adequate quantities of odorant.
Bingham Co-op, Blackfoot
CHS Propane Plant, Challis
Farmers Supply Cooperative, Council
CHS Propane Plant, Jerome
Farmers Union Oil, Baker
Rocky Mountain Supply, Belgrade
Farmers Union Oil, Chinook
Columbus Propane, Columbus
Mountain View Co-op, Dutton
Farmers Union Oil, Great Falls
Farmers Union Association, Hardin
CHS Country Operations, Havre
CHS Country Operations, Kalispsell
Town and Country Co-op, Laurel
Central Montana Propane, Lewistown
Farmers Union Oil, Lodge Grass
CHS Country Operations, Miles City
CHS Country Operations, Missoula
Farmers Union Oil, Worden
CHS Propane Plant, John Day
Skagit Farmers Supply, Mt. Vernon
Johnson County Co-op, Buffalo
Farmers Cooperative, Gillette
CHS Propane Plant, Gillette
Farmers Co-op Oil, Sheridan
Big Horn Co-op Association, Worland
Consumers who had propane deliveries or purchased propane from these dealers since June 1, 2000, should immediately contact their propane gas suppliers or retail locations where portable cylinders were filled to arrange for testing of the propane. The amount of odorant in the propane can be corrected on-site if the levels are found to be too low to detect by smell. Consumers with questions should call Country Energy, LLC, an affiliate of CHS, 24 hours per day at (800) 635-3998.
CHS is now working with CPSC to supplement CHS's announcement of this testing made earlier this month, to help further disseminate this information to consumers who may have purchased this product.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov
CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals - contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
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