BPI to pay EPA fine for 2007 Waterloo accident

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) -- Beef Products Inc. has agreed to pay a $450,000 civil penalty to settle alleged violations of Clean Air Act regulations from a 2007 incident at a now-closed Waterloo packing plant which killed a worker and injured another.

In the accident more than 1,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia was released into an area occupied by workers and two became trapped. The EPA determined in an investigation that the company failed to implement its risk management plan.

The company says it is working with EPA to resolve past concerns about its refrigeration systems and that includes enhancing existing controls and procedures.

The company has agreed to conduct audits of its compliance with risk management regulations at the South Sioux City, Neb., facility and correct any identified problems.