Bloomberg Law
May 17, 2019, 12:22 PM

Kayem Foods, Feds Settle Hazardous Ammonia Storage Claims

Steven M. Sellers
Steven M. Sellers
Legal Editor

Kayem Foods Inc. will pay a $138,281 civil penalty on Clean Air Act claims that its refrigeration system failed to meet industry safety standards, take adequate precautions, and perform worse-case calculations for an ammonia gas release from its plant, according to settlement documents filed May 16.

The settlement, in which Chelsea, Mass.-based Kayem didn’t admit liability, was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts along with a Justice Department complaint specifying “a number of violations” at the plant identified by the EPA during a 2014 inspection.

Federal regulations require that owners or operators of stationary systems ...