American Crystal Sugar agrees to $50,000 fine

by Eric Schroeder
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EAST GRAND FORKS, MINN. — American Crystal Sugar Co. has agreed to pay a $50,000 civil penalty and complete actions requested by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in connection with alleged violations of state environmental protection and reporting regulations at its facility in East Grand Forks.

According to the M.P.C.A., the alleged violations were associated with an event in May 2009 when runoff from company land application sites entered Grand Marais creek, resulting in complaints about odors and discoloration. The M.P.C.A. also alleged that American Crystal Sugar used testing results from a non-certified laboratory, failed to report all monitoring results and failed to maintain quality assurance procedures adequate to ensure compliance with testing requirements.

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