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EPA reaches deal over clean air violations at Kansas plants

January 27, 2020 GMT

LENEXA, Kan. (AP) — Federal environmental regulators said Monday they have reached a settlement with Frontier Ag Inc. to resolve alleged clean air violations at three ammonia fertilizer facilities in Kansas.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a news release the alleged violations of the Clean Air Act regulations occurred at the company’s two facilities in Bird City and one facility in Menlo.

Anhydrous ammonia is corrosive to skin, eyes and lungs, the agency said, adding that exposure to it may result in injury or death.

During inspections in 2018, the EPA determined Frontier failed to submit risk management plans for the release of anydrous ammonia, failed to ensure its processes for handling it were in compliance with good practices, failed to perform tests and inspect equipment and failed to update required documentation.

In response to the findings, the company took the necessary steps to return all three facilities to compliance, the EPA said.

Frontier has agreed in the settlement to pay a civil penalty of $71,652. The company also agreed to complete a project designed to enhance safety at six of its ammonia fertilizer facilities by installing emergency shutoff valves and emergency stop buttons at an estimated cost of at least $55,000.