Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative has paid a fine to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
The penalty, which totaled $70,261, was in response to a case that originated in May of 2011 after the agency received complaints of polluted water in areas of the Rabbit River drainage system in Wilkin County.
After conducting inspections that took place in the months of both May and June of 2011, it was discovered that there was detectable and observable pollution in the water. The inspections found that the source for the pollution was mainly from the Minn-Dak Lyngass facility, and to a lesser extent the Yaggie and Hawes facilities.
In December of 2011, Minn-Dak received a full report from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on the pollution violations. After this Minn-Dak worked aggressively to complete numerous actions to address the deficiencies and violations identified. Dan Olson, the public information officer for the agency said that after an incident like this occurs, “a little more attention is paid, just to make sure things are going correctly.”
The case done by Minnesota Pollution Control, was just one of 78 enforcements carried out in the third quarter of 2012. These cases had penalties that totaled more than $540,000. More than a quarter of the cases were labelled as storm water violations.