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Orleans Ethanol Plant Fined $87,000 Over Waste Disposal

Orleans Ethanol Plant Fined $87,000 Over Waste Disposal

The operator of an Orleans County ethanol production plant has been fined $87,000 in relation to illegal disposal of industrial waste from its manufacturing operation, ending an inquiry that dates to 2013.

Western New York Energy, which processes corn into bio-fuel, allowed waste water that contained petroleum hydrocarbons, ethanol, trace amounts of ammonia and shards of burned corn to be dumped on its property in the town of Shelby, just outside the village of Medina. The state Department of Environmental Conservation said Monday that the water, generated in bi-annual cleaning of plant equipment, should have been treated as industrial waste and disposed of elsewhere.

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