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Iowa ethanol plant is fined for not having required equipment

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

Owners of a Council Bluffs ethanol plant have agreed to pay a fine for failing to implement risk management regulations required under the Clean Air Act.

Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy LLC will pay a $10,000 penalty and spend at least $38,000 to purchase emergency response equipment for the Council Bluffs and the Lewis Township fire departments to settle the case with the Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA says a January 2010 inspection of the plant found no risk management plan on file. Such a plan is required because the plant stores more than 10,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia, a hazardous chemical. The plant was storing about 28,000 pounds.

The Clean Air Act rules are designed to prevent accidental chemical spills and minimize damage when there is a spill.

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