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Minnesota Valley Alfalfa Processors to pay penalty, make improvements for alleged dust emission violations at Priam plant near Willmar

WILLMAR -- Minnesota Valley Alfalfa Processors will pay a $50,000 civil penalty and invest at least $52,000 to improve emissions control equipment at its Priam plant, according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Up to $26,000 of the penalty can be applied towards the costs of the improvements.

The requirements are part of an agreement reached between the alfalfa processor and MPCA to resolve alleged violations of air quality regulations, the MPCA announced on Thursday.

Complaints in January, 2009 led to an inspection that found malfunctioning emissions control equipment. Large amounts of dust and particles were released. The company had failed to report the equipment break down as required, according to the MPCA.

The MPCA also found that since 2006, semi-annual monitoring reports show that one or more fabric filters in the emissions system did not meet requirements. From 2006 to 2008, most required reports were submitted late.

As a result of the agreement, MnVAP will construct an air monitoring and emission reduction system for its load-out building.

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