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Dawson meat processor to pay $20,000 penalty

DAWSON -- Noah's Ark Processors LLC of Dawson has agreed to pay a $20,000 civil penalty and complete corrective actions for violations at its facility, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announced on Wednesday.

An inspection on Aug. 25, 2009, documented blood-contaminated water and untreated manure discharging from the facility to the ground, and discharges of animal hide salting leachate discharging from the hide building. The company has stopped the discharges and worked to recover contamination, applied for permits, and submitted reports on recovery work and plans to prevent future discharges.

Alleged violations include operating without appropriate industrial stormwater, wastewater and industrial byproduct permits, failure to notify the agency of the discharges and provide requested information and lack of a stormwater pollution prevention plan.