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US v MGP Ingredients, Inc. et al.

MGP Ingredients, Inc. and Harcros Chemicals Inc.

This website was developed to provide information to individuals who may have been affected by the release of hazardous chemicals on October 21, 2016 in Atchison, KS.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Kansas is committed to ensuring that federal crime victims are afforded all rights to which they are entitled by law. See Victims Rights.

On October 21, 2016, two chemicals were mixed at the MGP Ingredients, Inc. facility in Atchison, KS causing a chemical reaction.  This resulted in many individuals observing a cloud-like reaction that remained in the area. 


The United States District Court District of Kansas has not been holding proceedings in the courtroom to preserve public safety and health due to the coronavirus outbreak.  After careful consideration, the Court has determined any further continuances would adversely impact the victims of this case (18 U.S.C. § 3771(a)(7)).

In an effort to permit the fullest attendance possible, the United States Attorney’s Office and the Court have arranged a telephone call-in line for those affected by the 2016 chemical gas release in Atchison, KS to hear the proceeding live.  To access this line, dial (888) 363-4749 and enter the access code 8354715#.  The line should be muted during the proceeding, however, it is best practice to always mute your phone.

NOTE: Any person granted remote access to proceedings are reminded of the general prohibition against photographing, recording, and rebroadcasting of court proceedings. Violation of these prohibitions may result in sanctions, including removal of court issued media credentials, restricted entry to future hearings, denial of entry to future hearings, or any other sanctions deemed necessary by the presiding judicial officer.

If you wish to attend the sentencing proceeding on May 27th in person at the Frank Carlson Federal Building in Topeka, KS, please notify our Victim-Witness Unit at the email and phone number below no later than 11:59pm, May 19, 2020.

•    All guests will be asked health-related questions before gaining entry into the Frank Carlson Federal Building.  If anyone answers the questions suggesting exposure to the virus, he/she will likely be turned away
•    Practice social distancing while in the building by staying at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
•    Wash your hands often. Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not readily available.
•    Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
•    The use of masks is encouraged by all visitors. NOTE: Some agencies may not allow visitors in their office area without masks.

Frank Carlson Federal Building
444 S.E. Quincy, Courtroom 401 (4th Floor)
Topeka, Kansas 66683

Visit Information for Victims in Large Cases for court information.

Questions about this case, please contact us:


United States Attorney’s Office
Attn: Victim Witness Assistance
500 State Ave, Suite 360
Kansas City, KS 66101

Case Documents

MGP Ingredients, Inc. Plea Agreement
Harcros Chemicals Inc. Plea Agreement


Brochure - Victim Impact Statement
Form - Victim Impact Statement (Fillable PDF)
Form - Victim Impact Statement (Print and Return)
Brochure - Exercising Your Right to Be Heard

Updated October 19, 2022