Ethanol producer pays EPA penalties

TO settle claims related to violations at its ethanol production facilities in Huron and Aberdeen, S.D., Advanced BioEnergy agreed to pay U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-imposed penalties totaling $136,500.

EPA said the violations were related to risk management programs and failure to properly file Toxic Release Inventory forms detailing the use and management of certain chemicals.

EPA conducted inspections in January 2012 and found that the plants had "deficiencies" in their risk management plans associated with the usage and storage of hazardous chemicals. Those plans are required under the Clean Air Act.

By agreeing to the settlements, Advanced BioEnergy agreed to come into federal compliance within 180 days, and EPA said the company had been responsive in correcting the violations and coming into compliance.

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