5 Minnesota ethanol plants cited for pollutionMINNEAPOLIS — The push to produce more ethanol in Minnesota has come with a cost to the environment.
By: Associated Press, via the Star Tribune, Worthington Daily Globe
MINNEAPOLIS — The push to produce more ethanol in Minnesota has come with a cost to the environment.
Five ethanol plants in Minnesota have paid nearly $3 million in the past year for violating air and water quality standards.
For example, Buffalo Lake Energy in Fairmont was fined for producing ethanol without a wastewater treatment system permit from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Another plant illegally discharged wastewater into a creek. Several have failed to regularly monitor emissions and discharges.
MPCA enforcement manager Jeff Connell tells the Star Tribune the rush to ramp up production, inexperience in operating the plants and a lack of understanding of discharge limits resulted in the enviromental violations.
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