AltEn has told the ministry on several occasions that it does not consider the ethanol by-product to be solid waste, according to the complaint, and has not provided a plan to dispose of the material as it continues to produce l ethanol.
According to records kept by the Revenue Department, which tracks the amount of fuel leaving the state’s two dozen ethanol facilities, AltEn continued to operate until January 2021, producing at least $ 48.6 million. gallons of ethanol over the past five years.
From this production, the company stored about 84,000 tons of material, according to the complaint.
The ethanol plant also violated numerous environmental laws designed to protect the state’s water resources, according to the complaint, including a failure to maintain severely damaged lagoons on the site, spreading wastewater from the lagoon to the ground without a permit, and failing to provide state plans to manage surface and groundwater contamination, as well as to control stormwater runoff.
Earlier this year, the department filed an emergency complaint against AltEn after its lagoons were found to be full beyond the capacity allowed by law, and ordered the plant to file a plan detailing how it would phase out. sewage in the lagoon by March 10.
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