Buffalo Lake Ethanol Plant Fined 18 Apr 14

The ethanol plant in Buffalo Lake formerly owned by Minnesota Energy is in the process of correcting water and air quality violations, and must pay a $10,000 penalty, under an agreement with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.  An MPCA inspection revealed an unpermitted discharge of contaminated stormwater and cooling tower wastewater from the plant to a county ditch. The inspection also noted failure to meet permit requirements for observing discharge limits, monitoring, and reporting. The plant is now owned by Buffalo Lake Advanced Biofuels, which is responsible for correcting the problem.