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DENCO II to pay MPCA penalty UPDATED

DENCO II LLC, an ethanol plant in Morris, agreed to pay a $22,141 penalty and take steps to prevent discharges of polluted storm water and wastewater into nearby surface waters, including wetlands that drain to the Pomme de Terre River, a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency news release said.

A MPCA investigation revealed violations of the company's discharge permit between May 2010 and January 2018.

DENCO II general manager Mick Miller provided this statement to the Stevens County Times on March 8: "It is important to note that the majority of the violations were administrative in nature, such as record keeping and procedural deficiencies. At no time were there any toxic or harmful releases of pollutants, nor was the public ever in any danger or at risk. Immediate procedural and structural improvements have been made to ensure environmental compliance is being met and exceeded.”

The penalty and required actions are part of a stipulation agreement with the agency to achieve the plant's compliance with environmental laws, MPCA said in its release.