Tyson pays more than $4 million to settle gas exposure suit

Several employees were injured when anhydrous ammonia accidentally leaked into facilities

One of the world’s largest meat processers said it will hand over a chunk of cash to settle a suit brought by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Tyson Foods Inc. has agreed to pay $4.25 million to settle the DOJ’s suit, which it brought on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), over toxic gas exposure in four of Tyson’s facilities. The DOJ’s suit says Tyson and its affiliates violated the Clean Air Act when the refrigeration units in several of its facilities began leaking anhydrous ammonia. The leak of the toxic chemical led to property damage, injury to workers and one death.


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