BOISE, Idaho – The J.R. Simplot Company has reached a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency resolving allegations that modifications at its sulfuric acid plants did not meet federal air quality permitting and technology requirements.
Although Simplot obtained air quality permits or approvals from state and/or local air quality agencies for these modifications, EPA alleged that different permits and emission controls were required at Simplot’s plants in Pocatello, Idaho, Rock Springs, Wyo., and Lathrop, Calif.
Simplot denied the allegations by EPA, but agreed to meet lower emission limitations at all its plants, rather than proceed with litigation. In addition to a penalty, Simplot agreed to fund a mitigation project in the Lathrop, Calif. air shed.
The consent decree formalizing the settlement was lodged with the U.S. District Court in the District of Idaho and is subject to a 30-day public comment period and final court approval. The proposed consent decree can be viewed at: http://www.justice.gov/enrd/consent-decrees.
The J.R. Simplot Company, a privately held agribusiness firm headquartered in Boise, Idaho, has an integrated portfolio that includes phosphate mining, fertilizer manufacturing, farming, ranching and cattle production, food processing, food brands, and other enterprises related to agriculture. Simplot’s major operations are located in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, and China, with products marketed in more than 40 countries worldwide. The company’s mission statement is Bringing Earth’s Resources to Life. For more information, visit http://www.simplot.com