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MPCA fines Prinsco for environmental violations in 2010

WILLMAR - Prinsco Inc., a manufacturer of plastic drain pipe in Prinsburg, has agreed to pay a $17,700 penalty to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for alleged wastewater and stormwater violations. The company has also taken action to bring the business into compliance with federal and state regulations, the MPCA stated Tuesday in a news release.

An MPCA inspection of the facility in 2010 found that Prinsco operated without the required federal and state permits for discharging industrial wastewater to waters of the state and for managing industrial stormwater. The business discharged nearly 10,000 gallons of industrial wastewater a day from a cooling system to Chetomba Creek via drain tile.

As part of the agreement, Prinsco has obtained the required industrial wastewater and stormwater permits, and is now allowed to discharge its cooling water to the creek. It is managing its stormwater in an appropriate manner, and has started collecting the required water samples.