2/18/2011 8:59:00 AM MPCA hits PM Windom with civil penalty
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has imposed a $49,000 civil penalty against PM Beef Holdings that resolves alleged violations of water quality and hazardous waste laws at the PM Windom plant. The plant is also required to complete a number of corrective actions. Many violations allegedly occured with manure storage, land application of industrial by-products, soil testing, record keeping and reporting. Among the alleged violations was a lack of sufficient capacity and maintenance of liquid manure storage areas that resulted in discharges of untreated wastewater in 2008 and 2009. In the fall of 2010, after heavy rain threatened to breach the waste lagoons, plant operations continued, resulting in the release of 3.9 million gallons of rain and wastewater into Perkins Creek. Hazardous waste violations allegedly involved storage of used batteries and oil. The company has sumbitted plans to prevent discharges of untreated wastewater, properly land-applying industrial by-product, maintaining records and following stormwater pollution-prevention plans. Plans are also required for maintaining the integrity of wastewater ponds.