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Feds charge 2 companies in ’16 toxic cloud in Atchison

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Posted at 4:28 PM, Mar 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-06 17:42:17-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Federal prosecutors Wednesday announced charges against two companies for their role in a 2016 toxic cloud in Atchison, Kansas.

Atchison-based Midwest Grain Products, Inc., and Harcros Chemicals of Kansas City, Kansas are charged with three violations of the Clean Air Act in connection to the incident.

The cloud was generated after a release of 4,000 gallons of sulfuric acid combined with 5,800 gallons of sodium hypochlorite.

The cloud sickened more than 140 people around Atchison.

Specifically, prosecutors allege two workers transferring the chemicals failed to follow safety rules.

The federal government has set up a website and a hot line (913) 551-6543 for victims to get more information and fill out a questionnaire.