ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says the owners of a southwestern Minnesota ethanol plant have agreed to pay a $66,000 penalty to resolve alleged violations of the plant’s air and water quality permits.

The alleged violations involve Heron Lake BioEnergy’s ethanol plant in Heron Lake.

The MPCA says the agreement covers violations that date back to when the company began building the plant in 2005.

Among the air quality violations covered in the agreement are exceeded emission limits, failure to conduct required monitoring, and failure to maintain emissions-control equipment.

The agreement allows up to $12,000 of the penalty to be used for a project to reduce dust emissions at the plant. The company also must submit plans on how it will ensure compliance and prevent reoccurrences.

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Comments (3)
  1. Kare11 says:

    In addition to the story, the fertilizers for growing corns to produce Ethanol increase the amount of Nitrate and Phosphate in the rivers. Thus it causes the dead zones like the one in the Gulf Mexico. Please visit this link for more info:

  2. getridofem says:

    Too bad we cannot get the $$$ the govt. gives this industry stopped and use it somewhere else —if the ethanol plants and industry cannot make it on their own then let them go under—it is costing more to produce it than it is selling for and the pollution is worse than if it was never produced—-what a farce and rip-off of the American citizens.

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