Tyson Foods has agreed to pay a hefty civil penalty due to alleged violations of the Clean Air Act.
To settle the case, Tyson will pay $3.95 million. The company is alleged to have failed to prevent chemical accidents at its facilities in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.
The cities affected in the state are Cherokee, Columbus Junction, Council Bluffs, Denison, Perry, Sioux City, Storm Lake and Waterloo.
WOWT reports that Friday’s settlement stems from a series of eight separate incidents between 2006 and 2010 in which accidental releases of anhydrous ammonia at Tyson facilities resulted in property damage, multiple injuries, and one fatality.
Tyson has agreed to conduct testing to improve compliance with the Clean Air Act`s risk management program requirements at all 23 of the company`s facilities in the four Midwestern states.
Tyson is the world’s largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef and pork with revenues of $5.2 billion.