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Mason City ethanol plant slapped with fine for violating air quality


This news story was published on July 23, 2015.
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Golden Grain Energy

Golden Grain Energy

MASON CITY – Golden Grain Energy, a Mason City ethanol plant, must pay a $10,000 fine for air quality violations.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources published an administrative content order that avoids litigation with Golden Grain Energy, LLC, of Mason City. The order lists air quality violations by the plant dating back to 2012, in which it exceeded permitted emissions limits.

The order says Golden Grain must comply with air quality construction permits and a Title V operating permit; submit all necessary permit applications; develop and implement a maintenance plan to ensure compliance with permit requirements; and pay $10,000 penalty for the past violations.

The order can be read, here.

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7 Responses to Mason City ethanol plant slapped with fine for violating air quality

  1. Lawsteward Reply Report comment

    July 24, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    …I don’t understand…the DNR is saying they have checked the emissions coming from Golden Grains exhaust stacks…and yet when the DNR was asked in 2007 to check the stack emissions from VI-COR, the DNR said they had neither the equipment..or the authority to do so…???

    • Joao de Carmo Reply Report comment

      July 26, 2015 at 6:08 pm

      Stack testing is performed by a third party IAW DNR rules. So no the DNR doesn’t have the test equipment. Authority is a different question.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 23, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Let’s see ethanol suppose to save the world (thus all the subsidies) from global warming and it’s polluting !! Hahaha sounds about right. Idiots … That’s all I can say …

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 23, 2015 at 5:39 pm

      @Anonymous-the pollution is much worse than that if you look at the pollution from all the farm equipment and the trucks to haul it. It is another farce put on to let the rich get richer at our expense.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 23, 2015 at 7:15 am

    SO ! The state makes money – grin and bareazz it.

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 23, 2015 at 5:17 am

    “Air Quality Violations” does that mean since the plant is SW of Mason City and the summer winds blow from the S. – SW that we have been breathing “UNFIT” air ???

    • Joao de Carmo Reply Report comment

      July 23, 2015 at 9:13 am

      No, it means that the plant exceeded its limits set by the DNR. You might have seen a ppm or 2 increase in emmission components, but you breath in car exhaust all day with out it being “unfit”.