NPR in Kansas City
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Live Coverage: Coronavirus in the Kansas City Area

Tyson To Pay $4 Million For Anhydrous Ammonia Release

tyson_foods_logo1_1 sn.jpg

Tyson Foods has agreed to a settlement with the federal government over accidental releases of anhydrous ammonia at its facilities in Kansas and three other states.

The consent decree will require Tyson to pay federal penalties of almost $4 million, and to spend another $300,000 on emergency response equipment for first responders. Tyson must also hire third-party Clean Air Act audits of 23 facilities in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Iowa. 

Anhydrous ammonia is used in refrigeration equipment at the company’s processing plants. Two of the leaks happened at a facility in South Hutchinson, in 2006.  One person was killed, and 11 were injured in the two incidents.

KCUR serves the Kansas City region with essential news and information.
Your donation today keeps local journalism strong.