Dairy processor to pay fine related to Fargo plant

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ARGO, N.D. (AP) — Dairy processor Kemps, LLC has agreed to pay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency a $57,000 fine related to Clean Air Act violations at a Fargo plant.

The EPA says the violations are associated with the company’s failure to submit a risk management plan.

The federal law requires facilities that store chemicals in amounts exceeding certain thresholds to submit a risk management plan. The agency says the plans help prevent and minimize chemical spills.

The Fargo plant is subject to the risk management provisions of the Clean Air Act because of the amount of anhydrous ammonia that’s present at the facility. The chemical has several uses including as refrigerant.

The EPA says Kemps has submitted a risk management plan since the violation was documented.