Forum staff reports, Published December 22 2010
American Crystal Sugar to pay civil penaltyAmerican Crystal Sugar Company has agreed to pay a $50,000 civil penalty and take corrective actions to settle alleged violations of state environmental protection and reporting regulations at its facility in East Grand Forks, Minn.
According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, some of the alleged violations were associated with a rainstorm in May 2009 when runoff from company land application sites entered Grand Marais Creek. This led to complaints about odors and discoloration in the creek.
In addition to agreeing to the penalty, American Crystal agreed to submit plans and update procedures to help ensure future compliance with regulations.