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October 4, 2002

Ethanol plant upgrades required

By Tom Cherveny,

BENSON - Minnesota's ethanol producers want to take the lead in doing their job to protect the environment and reduce air emissions, according to Bill Lee, manager of the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company in Benson.

Lee's comments came in response to the announcement Wednesday that federal and state regulators reached a settlement with 12 Minnesota ethanol plants to install new pollution control equipment.

It will cost most of the plants up to $2 million to install the new equipment, which is designed to reduce air pollution. The settlement allows the plants one to three years to reduce emissions. The equipment the plants will be installing is expected to reduce emissions by 95 percent.

Along with installing the new equipment, each plant was fined between $29,000 and nearly $39,000 under the civil settlement which was filed in federal court in Minneapolis, The Associated Press reported.

Testing at the Gopher State Ethanol facility in St. Paul first revealed that ethanol plants emit more air pollutants than originally believed, said Lee. Regulators reported emissions of carbon monoxide and some volatile organic compounds thought to cause cancer and respiratory problems

Once the problems were known, Lee said the ethanol industry worked to correct them. He said the industry wanted to work for a solution, rather than take the tactic of battling the regulators and delaying the needed improvement.

Under the agreement, most plants will install thermal oxidyzers which destroy most emissions with high heat.

The CVEC facility in Benson is already well into the process of installing the equipment. A thermal oxidyzer was ordered as part of the expansion project under way that will double the Benson plant's production capacity to 40 million gallons per year.

The new facility and emissions system should be on line next spring, said the plant manager.



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