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Settlement on alleged environmental violations costs Archer Daniels Midland $1.35 million

Settlement on alleged environmental violations costs Archer Daniels Midland $1.35 million

Archer Daniels Midland Co. must pay $1.35 million (euro1.06 million) under a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency resolving allegations that it violated federal clean-air violations, the EPA said Wednesday.
The settlement requires ADM to undertake two environmental projects totaling $1.02 million (euro800,000) and pay a $325,000 (euro256,000) penalty over allegations involving its Vitamin E production facility in Decatur, Illinois, where the company is based.
The EPA said ADM violated federal hazardous air pollutant regulations for pharmaceutical manufacturing by failing to do equipment testing, monitoring and reporting. It said the company also violated rules to protect stratospheric ozone by, among other things, failing to track leaks of chlorofluorocarbon refrigerant from chillers at the facility.
The agency discovered some of the alleged violations during an inspection of the plant last December, and said ADM disclosed others after the inspection.
Under the settlement, ADM must install 58 seal-less pumps and 15 seal-less agitators at the facility at a cost of at least $1 million (euro790,000) and must also undertake an enhanced leak detection and repair project there. The two projects are designed to reduce emissions of hazardous air pollutants not caught by an air pollution control system, called fugitive emissions.
ADM said the agreement did not relate to emission violations but focused on ADM's testing and reporting procedures.
"At no time has the EPA alleged violations regarding actual emissions," spokeswoman Jessie McKinney said in a statement. "The agreement will bring the testing and reporting procedures at this facility in line with the new federal guidelines."


Updated : 2021-06-12 20:19 GMT+08:00