IBOL COMPLAINT MEMORANDUM

 

 

††††††††††† DATE:††††††††††† January 28, 2011

 

††††††††††† TO:††††††††††††††††† Idaho Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety Board

 

††††††††††† SUBJECT:††††† Investigative Report

 

Fiscal Year 2011 (to date)

††††††††††† Total Complaints received†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 41

††††††††††† Status:

††††††††††††††††††††††† Closed by Board action††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 15

††††††††††††††††††††††† Remaining under investigation††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 18

††††††††††††††††††††††† Awaiting Board determination†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 8

 

††††††††††† Inspections166

††††††††††††††††††††††† Attempted8

††††††††††††††††††††††† Completed158

 

Fiscal Year 2010

††††††††††† Total Complaints received†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 46

††††††††††† Status:

††††††††††††††††††††††† Closed by Board action††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 35

††††††††††††††††††††††† Closed following disciplinary action††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1

††††††††††††††††††††††† Pending Legal Review††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3

††††††††††††††††††††††† Remaining under investigation††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 4

††††††††††††††††††††††† Awaiting Board determination†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3

 

††††††††††† Inspections80

††††††††††††††††††††††† Attempted2

††††††††††††††††††††††† Completed78

 

Fiscal Year 2009

††††††††††† Total Complaints received†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 154

††††††††††† Status:

††††††††††††††††††††††† Closed by Board action††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 150

††††††††††††††††††††††† Remaining under investigation††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 4

 

††††††††††† Inspections257

††††††††††††††††††††††† Attempted21

††††††††††††††††††††††† Completed236

 

Fiscal Year 2008

††††††††††† Total Complaints received†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 32

††††††††††† Status:

††††††††††††††††††††††† Closed by Board action††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 31

††††††††††††††††††††††† Awaiting Board determination†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1

 

††††††††††† Inspections180

††††††††††††††††††††††† Attempted10

††††††††††††††††††††††† Completed170

 

For Board Determination:

 

I-LPG-2008-14R failed four inspections, and this file was referred to the AGís Office in March 2009.After a formal administrative complaint was filed, R had the supplier remove the propane dispenser and R stated that he is no longer filling propane.Therefore, IBOL recommends that the Board dismiss the administrative complaint and authorize closure.

 

I-LPG-2010-13R failed two inspections on 1/6/10 and 7/7/10.In August 2010, the facility was sold, and the new owners have since brought the facility into compliance.IBOL recommends that the Board authorize closure.

 

I-LPG-2010-20During an inspection, the investigator discovered that Rís license had expired and had not been renewed.R subsequently renewed its license.IBOL recommends that the Board authorize closure with a warning letter to R regarding timely renewal.

 

I-LPG-2010-25During an inspection, the investigator discovered that Rís license had expired and had not been renewed.The license was renewed after the inspection; however, a follow-up inspection resulted in two failing inspections.R subsequently informed IBOL that it is no longer dispensing propane and requested that its license be placed out of business.IBOL recommends that the Board authorize closure.

 

I-LPG-2011-9, I-LPG-2011-32, and I-LPG-2011-36An investigator discovered Respondent dispensing LPG without a license.IBOL records reflect that Respondent is now licensed.IBOL recommends the Board authorize closure.

 

I-LPG-2011-24An inspection of Rís large facility revealed an active leak from a coupler and hydrostatic valve, resulting in an automatic failure. R advised the investigator that the leaks would be repaired immediately. A follow-up inspection was conducted 15 days later and revealed that the only remaining active leak was from the hydrostatic valve. R stated that the valve was on order and that the repair would take more than 60 days.The investigator could still detect the odor and hear an active leak.The investigator then contacted the local fire authority, and the local fire authority advised R to make immediate repairs.Ten days later the investigator was advised that the repairs had been made, and the investigator conducted a third inspection which resulted in an ďAĒ card for the facility.Based on Rís repairs and passing the third inspection, IBOL recommends the Board authorize closure.

 

I-LPG-2011-28During an inspection on 9/13/10, the investigator discovered that Rís license had expired on 10/26/08 and had not been renewed.R, who maintains another license for another facility, informed the investigator that he believed he did not have to have a separate license for the facility that was inspected.R subsequently renewed its license on 9/15/10.IBOL recommends that the Board authorize closure with a warning letter to R regarding timely renewal.

 

I-LPG-2011-30R failed two inspections because there was no 18-lb. fire extinguisher at the facility.Shortly after the second failed inspection, R called the investigator and stated that he had obtained a fire extinguisher.The next time an investigator was in the area, the investigator verified that a fire extinguisher was on the premises.IBOL recommends that the Board authorize closure.

 

I-LPG-2011-37During an inspection, the investigator discovered that Rís license was expired and had not been renewed.Investigation revealed that R attempted to renew the license but failed to provide a copy of current liability insurance.In response to a letter from IBOL, R provided the insurance certificate and Rís license was renewed.Based on Rís compliance, IBOL recommends that the Board authorize closure.

 

I-LPG-2011-38An investigator discovered R advertising propane and a dispenser at the store without a license.Although the store was closed, the investigator left a card explaining the need for licensure, and the following day IBOL sent a letter to R.R failed to submit an application for licensure or otherwise respond to communication attempts; therefore, IBOL forwarded the matter to the local prosecuting attorney.IBOL recommends that the Board authorize closure.