Tyson Foods has agreed to pay nearly four-million-dollars in civil penalties for the mishandling of anhydrous ammonia at its plants in Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri.
Ben Washburn is the spokesperson for the E-P-A region covering the four states.
Washburn says the anhydrous ammonia releases led to property damage, multiple injuries, and the death of a worker at a plant in Kansas.
The settlement includes Tyson operations in Dakota City, Sioux City, Cherokee, Denison, Storm Lake and other sites.
Washburn says Tyson will take some other steps along with paying the three-point-nine-five-million dollar penalty.
Washburn says the E-P-A plans to keep an eye on Tyson to ensure they are following through with the safety procedures.
Kevin Igli, chief Environmental, Health and Safety Officer of Tyson Foods, says the company agreed to develop a third-party audit system at the facilities involved to assure EPA the plants are in compliance with all aspects of our Risk Management Plan obligations.
Igli says Tyson strives to operate their facilities responsibly, so after learning of EPA's concerns we immediately made improvements and cooperated with EPA officials throughout the process.
Tyson is headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas and is the world's largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef and pork.
Radio Iowa contributed to this report.