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ST. JOSEPH, MO (2011-10-19)
A major St. Joseph employer will pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines to settle series of alleged clean air violations.
Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica is agreeing to pay $300,000 for the federal clean air act violations. The veterinary Health Products Facility in St. Joseph was asked by the environmental protection agency back in 2005 for information on its cooling facilities. The allegations are related to industrial refrigerant repair, testing, recordkeeping and reporting as investigators say they found the St. Joseph plant had leak rates in its industrial refrigeration system that exceeded 35% on one or more checks during a five year period. Federal authorities say the plant failed to retrofit or replace the leaking refrigerants and paperwork records were also incomplete. Besides paying the civil penalty the company also agrees to spend a minimum of $600,000 to replace refrigeration equipment at its Fort Dodge Iowa Facility.
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