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Cloverdale Foods to pay for EPA-cited violations

DENVER -- North Dakota-based Cloverdale Foods Co. has agreed to pay $72,530 to settle a Clean Air Act settlement at its Mandan, N.D., facility, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said.

The settlement resulted from a 2016 EPA inspection at the facility which revealed violations of the Clean Air Act’s Risk Management Program regulations related to the management of anhydrous ammonia, including deficiencies associated with safety and emergency contact information, hazard analysis, mechanical integrity, operating procedures and compliance audits, the EPA said in a news release.

“This agreement will improve the safety of those who live in and visit the Mandan community for years to come,” EPA Region 8 enforcement director Suzanne Bohan said. “Cloverdale Foods has not only taken the necessary steps to improve the management of ammonia at their facility, they are also providing training and equipment that will help local fire and emergency personnel more effectively respond to accidents and emergencies across the community.”

The Cloverdale Foods facility is subject to Clean Air Act risk management regulations because it processes large quantities of anhydrous ammonia, the EPA said.

In addition to the $72,530 penalty, Cloverdale Foods will spend at least $114,387 on supplemental environmental projects not otherwise required by permits or law.

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