Kellogg Co. to pay $500K for Clean Air Act violations


Kellogg Co. has agreed to pay a $500,000 penalty for Clean Air Act violations in Battle Creek and Grand Rapids, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. In addition, the company will spend more than $435,000 to reduce its Volatile Organic Compound levels and will replace a cooling and dehumidifying system that currently produces greenhouse gas emissions.

The government said that in 1993 and 2002, Kellogg failed to obtain appropriate permits for equipment that it began operating at two locations in Battle Creek, and one in Grand Rapids, respectively.

The agreement was announced by the Grand Rapids U.S. Attorney’s office last week.

“This agreement will result in a cleaner, healthier environment by ensuring accountability for permitting and emissions violations, by requiring Kellogg to adopt more stringent VOC emissions limits, and by establishing a mitigation project that will hasten reductions of ozone-depleting chemicals and greenhouse gas emissions,” U.S. Attorney Patrick A. Miles said.

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