Following several violations of the Clean Air Act, Tyson Foods and the Environmental Protection Agency have come to an agreement. At 23 Tyson facilities across four states, including the one operated in Columbus Junction, large amounts of Anhydrous Ammonia is used for refrigeration. Between 2006 and 2010 the EPA found Tyson had violated the Clean Air Act in its handling of the chemical they consider extremely hazardous.
Tyson has agreed to pay a $3.95 million civil penalty. Spokesman for the EPA, Ben Washburn says it’s important for companies to be compliant with these regulations. He notes they’re designed to minimize the risk of an accidental release and provide the best safety measures for first responders in the event of an accident.