Bloomberg Law
Feb. 5, 2018, 9:27 PMUpdated: Feb. 5, 2018, 11:47 PM

Winemaker Strikes $630K Deal Over Deadly Ammonia Release (1)

Carolyn Whetzel
Carolyn Whetzel
Staff Correspondent

A fatal ammonia release will cost a California winemaker $330,000 in fines and another $300,000 on new air pollution equipment as part of a proposed settlement with the federal government.

Sanger, Calif.-based Gibson Wine Co. must install automated control and alarm systems for its ammonia refrigeration systems and relocate the equipment to a safer location. Gibson must also make other safety and equipment improvements, as part of the proposed consent decree with the Environmental Protection Agency and Justice Department announced Feb. 5.

The company declined to comment.

One worker died and the surrounding area was evacuated in September ...