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.READ MORE: COVID In Minnesota: 57 More Deaths Added To State's Toll; Positivity Still Inching Down
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.READ MORE: 'All I Can Do Is Work': Kwesi Adofo-Mensah Says He Was 'Meant To Be' Vikings' GM
In an agreement with the MPCA, the plant’s operators have corrected violations and are working on improvements.MORE NEWS: In Small Minnesota Prairie Town Of Benson, Warring Visions Of America Amid COVID
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