Ethanol Producer To Pay $136,500 For Risk Management And Chemical Reporting Violations

advanced_bioenergy,_llc_04082013The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that Advanced BioEnergy, LLC, based in Bloomington, Minn., has agreed to pay penalties totaling $136,500 to settle claims related to violations at its Huron and Aberdeen, South Dakota ethanol production facilities. The violations are related to the facilities’ risk management programs and the failure to properly file Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) forms detailing with the use and management of chemicals.

EPA inspections conducted in January, 2012 found that Advanced BioEnergy’s ethanol plants had deficiencies in their Risk Management Plans associated with the use and storage of hazardous chemicals. Under the Clean Air Act, facilities like the Huron and Aberdeen ethanol plants are required to have viable plans in place to reduce the risks associated with toxic and/or flammable chemicals. These plans help companies, industries and municipalities operate responsibly and assist emergency responders by providing vital information necessary to address accidents and other incidents. By agreeing to the settlements, the company has agreed to come into compliance with federal risk management program regulations within 180 days.

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