Coke, EPA to reach settlement in Clean Air Act ammonia violation charges

A spokesperson for Coca Cola says the company is "working with the EPA on a settlement that is satisfactory to both organizations" after the agency sent a letter alleging 27 violations of the Clean Air Act's Risk Management Program (RMP) relating to ammonia.

EPA says the violations took place at a Minute Maid juice processing facility in Michigan, and include the lack of managerial system to oversee implementation of RMP; a lack of information relating to plant safety systems; and a failure to perform process hazard analysis, among other potential problems. Administrative enforcement action could result in civil penalties of up to $278,000 but EPA says it would still welcome evidence from Coke that the alleged violations did not occur.