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Necedah ethanol plant fined $125,000 for air pollution violations

Necedah ethanol plant fined $125,000 for air pollution violations

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An ethanol plant in Necedah will pay $125,000 to the state for violating Wisconsin's air pollution control laws.

Marquis Energy-Wisconsin, LLC, made the settlement with the Department of Justice, the settlement announced by the Attorney General's Office in a news release on Monday.

Marquis purchased the facility on July 1, 2010 but failed to obtain air pollutant source construction permits until Nov. 22 of that year.

The Department of Natural Resources said Marquis violated emission limits and other air pollution control requirements at the facility, including exceeding the maximum production limit in its permit for six months.

The facility is classified as a major source under air pollution laws, because the greenhouse gas potential to emit is greater than 100,000 tons per year of carbon dioxide equivalence.

The facility has a listed ethanol production capacity of 75 million gallons a year.

Marquis has ethanol plants in Necedah and in Hennepin, Ill.

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