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Tyson Foods agrees to pay a $3.9 million fine

  • Eagle staff
  • Published Friday, April 5, 2013, at 10:15 a.m.
  • Updated Friday, April 5, 2013, at 10:21 a.m.

Tyson Foods has agreed to pay a $3.9 million fine to settle alleged violations of federal requirements to prevent accidental releases of chemicals at 23 facilities in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday morning.

The fine stems from eight accidental releases of anhydrous ammonia from 2006 and 2010, which resulted in multiple injuries and one death. The company has agreed to more stringent testing of pipes and a third-party audit of its handling of ammonia.

The EPA found multiple violations of the Clean Air Act’s chemical accident prevention requirements dating back to October 2006. The violations included failures to follow the general industry standards to test or replace safety relief valves, as well as failures to follow the Clean Air Act’s Risk Management Program prevention and reporting requirements, according to an EPA news release.

The company, which has its headquarters in Springdale, Ark., has facilities in Emporia, Finney County, Olathe, South Hutchinson and Hutchinson in Kansas.

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