Processing Magazine

EPA settlement costs ADM $1.35 million

October 9, 2006

According to the Associated Press, Archer Daniels Midland Co. must pay $1.35 million under a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency resolving allegations that it violated federal clean air violations. The settlement requires ADM to undertake two environmental projects totaling $1.02 million and pay a $325,000 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 sealless pumps and 15 sealless agitators at the facility at a cost of at least $1 million 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.