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The ditch, which is near the Winnebago plant and empties into Rice Lake to the east, had a visible milky and odorous discharge of wastewater several times between October 2006 and June 2007, the search warrant application Nike Air Max 2016 Mens Black And White
Area politicians announced in June that Corn Plus was in line to receive $1 million in funding for a groundbreaking plan that would pump thousands of gallons of treated wastewater from Winnebago to the plant. That funding would come from the state's Legacy Act, a constitutional amendment that provides a portion of state gambling revenue to the arts and the environment.
according to Faribault County court records. At that time, Nancy Miller of the MPCA office in Rochester said the agency
The plan, which would divert waste water that is now dumped into the Blue Earth River to the plant, was pitched to Winnebago officials by Keith Kor, Corn Plus general manager, several months before the funding was found.
The company pleaded guilty to negligently discharging polluted wastewater into the lake, a misdemeanor. Had the act been determined to be intentional, it would have been charged as a felony. The company faced a maximum penalty of five years of probation and a $200,000 fine for the misdemeanor charge.
Owners of the ethanol plant in Winnebago have agreed to pay a $100,000 fine and make a $50,000 contribution to benefit Rice Lake after pleading guilty in federal court Wednesday to violating the Clean Water Act.
A sentencing date has not been scheduled.
Prior to entering the guilty plea before federal Judge Jeanne Graham, the company agreed to pay a $100,000 fine, according to a news release from John Lundquist, the Minneapolis attorney representing Corn Plus. The company also agreed to make a $50,000 contribution to an environmental project that will benefit Rice Lake and the Winnebago area.
Corn Plus was charged Aug. 3 after an investigation by the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency determined the company, which processes corn into ethanol fuel, had been discharging wastewater into Rice Lake. The discharges, which contained the pollutant biological oxygen, occurred from 2005 through Aug. Attorney's Office said. 10, 2007. Several water, fecal, metal and bacteria Air Max Boots 2016
said. Faribault County deputies included that evidence in their request for the search warrant.
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had received citizen complaints about polluted water in a ditch near the plant.
Winnebago's water treatment facility discharges a minimum of 350,000 gallons of treated water into the river each day. The plant uses roughly the same amount of water each day to produce ethanol. Fresh ground water that is being used to produce the fuel could be replaced with Nike Air Max Yellow And Blue the waste water. The Legacy Fund money would be used to build a pumping system to connect the treatment facility to the plant, which is just east of the city.
The discharge occurred, "at least in part, to avoid the cost of discharging wastewater to the city's wastewater treatment plant," the search warrant application said.
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