Tyson Foods is now on the hook for nearly $4-million in civil penalties after the food giant agreed to settle a case regarding violations of the Clean Air Act. Tyson Foods’ violations occurred at plants in Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska and two in Missouri; one at the Sedalia facility and the other in Montgomery City. The violations are related to eight different occurrences where accidental releases of anhydrous ammonia between 2006 and 2010 resulted in property damage and multiple injures including one death. The settlement deal was reached in a St. Louis Federal Courtroom. Along with the $3.95-million settlement Tyson Foods has agreed to spend $300-thousand to purchase emergency response equipment for fire departments in nine counties where plants are located. The Arkansas based company says it gave the EPA full cooperation in the investigation and quickly addressed the agency’s concerns.
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