(The following press release from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 
was received by e-mail. The sender verified the statement.) 
Settlement of Clean Water Act Violations Aims to Prevent Future Oil Spills by 
Archer Daniels Midland Company 
(Lenexa, Kan., July 30, 2014) - Archer Daniels Midland Company, a food 
processing and commodities trading company headquartered in Decatur, Ill., has 
agreed to settle allegations that it violated the Clean Water Act (CWA) at five 
different large oil storage facilities located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Columbus, 
Neb.; Des Moines, Iowa; Mexico, Mo.; and Deerfield, Mo. 
Through the settlement with EPA Region 7, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) will 
also pay a civil penalty of $430,000 to the United States. 
The Clean Water Act requires facilities that store large quantities of oil to 
develop response plans that outline procedures for addressing “worst-case” 
discharges of oil. By being prepared and by conducting required response 
drills, facilities are better situated to prevent environmental harm from such 
releases. Each of the five ADM facilities produces and stores more than 1 
million gallons of oil. Combined, the five facilities have a total estimated 
storage capacity of more than 36 million gallons. 
“Large oil storage facilities are required to have proper spill prevention and 
response plans in order to comply with the Clean Water Act,” said Karl Brooks, 
EPA Region 7 administrator. “The penalty imposed reflects the serious nature of 
noncompliance with these important requirements. By coming into compliance with 
the law, ADM is now better prepared to respond to spills that can harm the 
environment. Proper preparation for spills and emergencies can help avoid 
large-scale environmental disasters. We call upon other companies to do the 
EPA identified the lack of a response plan during a Spill Prevention, Control 
and Countermeasures (SPCC) inspection in 2008 at ADM’s Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 
facility. The facility required a Facility Response Plan (FRP) because the 
storage capacity of its denatured ethanol tanks exceeded one million gallons. 
ADM committed to develop and submit an FRP, but failed to do so for the Cedar 
Rapids facility and three additional facilities until almost two years later in 
2010. ADM’s Deerfield, Mo., facility also operated for a period in 2011 and 
2012 without a required updated FRP. 
The settlement resolves these violations by ADM of the FRP requirements of the 
The settlement also resolves violations of the industrial stormwater 
requirements of three CWA operating permits issued to ADM for the Cedar Rapids, 
Columbus, and Deerfield facilities. The violations included ADM’s failure to 
implement best management practices at its facilities, failure to conduct and 
record site inspections, exceedances of permitted effluent limits, and 
unauthorized discharges of non-stormwater to waters of the United States in 
violation of the facilities’ CWA permits. 
In addition to the payment of the $430,000 penalty, in order to document future 
compliance with the CWA, the settlement requires that ADM report on the 
implementation of the FRP program and the applicable industrial stormwater 
permits at the referenced facilities for three years. 
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