Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Suiza Dairy
Current Parent Company: 
Dairy Farmers of America (DFA)
Penalty: 
$4,025,000
Year: 
2012
Date: 
October 1, 2012
Offense Group: 
environment-related offenses
Primary Offense: 
environmental violation
Violation Description: 

Suiza Dairy agreed to pay a penalty and make significant upgrades to settle Clean Air Act violations. The case stemmed from violations at two Suiza Dairy Corporation dairies located in Rio Piedras and Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, including two major releases of anhydrous ammonia from the Rio Piedras facility. As part of the consent decree, Suiza agreed to pay a penalty of $275,000 and spend approximately $3.75 million on projects to improve the refrigeration systems at both facilities, considerably reduce the amount of anhydrous ammonia in the systems at both facilities, improve alarm and ammonia release notification procedures, and provide medical training and/or equipment to medical personnel to treat persons affected by exposure to anhydrous 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: 
Puerto Rico
HQ Country of Parent: 
USA
HQ State of Parent: 
Missouri
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
cooperative
Major Industry of Parent: 
food products
Specific Industry of Parent: 
food products
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Parent company note: 
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