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Published December 16, 2010, 09:05 AM

Minnesota meat processor gets pollution penalty

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A western Minnesota meat processing plant has been given a $20,000 civil penalty for discharges of blood- and manure-contaminated water.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A western Minnesota meat processing plant has been given a $20,000 civil penalty for discharges of blood- and manure-contaminated water.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency said Wednesday it has reached an agreement with Noah’s Ark Processors. The agreement resolves alleged violations of water quality laws and rules at the company’s meat processing plant and animal hide storage building in Dawson.

The agency says an inspection last August found blood-contaminated water and untreated manure discharging to the ground.

The company has stopped the discharges and worked to recover contamination as well as submitted plans to prevent future discharges.

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