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KENNETT, MO (KFVS) - The Environmental Protection Agency has fined a Kennett retail farm supply distributor nearly $55,000.

The company, ADI Agronomy, Inc., has agreed to pay a $54,922 civil penalty to the United States for chemical Risk Management Program violations at its Ag Distributors retail facility at Kennett, Mo., which sells liquid fertilizer made with anhydrous ammonia.

Anhydrous ammonia is corrosive, and exposure to it may result in chemical-type burns to skin, eyes and lungs.

In July 2010, the EPA Region 7 issued an administrative compliance order to the Kennett facility after an inspection noted eight violations of the chemical Risk Management Program regulations contained in the federal Clean Air Act.

Specifically, Ag Distributors failed to establish and implement maintenance procedures to ensure the ongoing integrity of its anhydrous ammonia process equipment, and failed to document that the equipment complied with recognized and generally accepted good engineering practices, among other violations.

The company owns a group of farm supply facilities in southeast Missouri and northeast Arkansas.

As part of its settlement with EPA, ADI Agronomy has certified that the Ag Distributors facility in Kennett is now in compliance with the chemical Risk Management Program regulations.

To learn more about EPA's civil enforcement of chemical accident prevention regulations go to: www.epa.gov

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