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Ford County: Pollution complaint leads to $25,000 fine for ethanol plant

The Illinois EPA has leveled a $25,000 fine against a Gibson City ethanol plant. One Earth Energy settles a complaint alleging the facility violated state pollution control rules in 2017.

Upon the IEPA’s request, Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul filed the complaint. It was .was in response to the IEPA’s discovery of contaminated storm water being released by the ethanol plant into Drummer Creek. The Ford County Record reports the IEPA’s complaint said there was a “significant quantity of dark-colored discharge” flowing into the creek, resulting in a septic-smell odor. The contamination was believed to be caused by a broken pipe connected to a standpipe in one of One Earth Energy’s five storm water retention ponds.

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