MPCA Cites Air Violations At Sugar Beet Plant

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has assessed a sugar beet plant a $50,400 civil penalty for air quality and storage tank violations.

The agency says from 2007 to 2009, the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative processing plant near Renville recorded 32 violations of air-quality standards for hydrogen sulfide — and at times exceeded the limit on nitrous oxide emissions.

Inspectors also found violations of storage tank requirements. Those included late and missing tank inspections, corrosion on steel tanks and piping, and unreported leaks and spills of beet juice.

In an agreement with the MPCA, the plant’s operators have corrected violations and are working on improvements.

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  • Lookhere

    “Working on improvements” What for anoher four years? Shut them down until they are compliant. How many more people do you want to kill while waiting for compliance?

  • Brent

    Hydrogen Sulfide, Nitrous Oxide, big deal. Just don’t pitch your tent on the smokestack and you will be fine. It is just a sugar plant.

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