Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Columbus Manufacturing Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Columbus Foods LLC
Current Parent Company: 
Hormel Foods
Penalty: 
$6,685,446
Year: 
2012
Date: 
January 31, 2012
Offense Group: 
environment-related offenses
Primary Offense: 
environmental violation
Violation Description: 

South San Francisco, Calif., food processor Columbus Manufacturing Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Columbus Foods LLC, agreed to pay a penalty and make significant upgrades to settle Clean Air Act violations, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced. The case stemmed from two releases of anhydrous ammonia that occurred in 2009 at its manufacturing facility located in South San Francisco, Calif. As part of the consent , Columbus was to pay a penalty of $685,446 and spend approximately $6 million converting its refrigeration system to a safer technology that uses glycol and ammonia.

Level of Government: 
federal
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
Environmental Protection Agency referral to the Justice Department
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
Facility State: 
California
Facility City: 
South San Francisco
HQ Country of Parent: 
USA
HQ State of Parent: 
Minnesota
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
publicly traded
Major Industry of Parent: 
food products
Specific Industry of Parent: 
meatpacking
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Parent company note: 
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