Minnesota Ethanol Plants to Cut Air Emissions

November 02, 2002

Twelve ethanol production plants will drastically reduce their emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and other pollutants under a settlement announced on October 2nd by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5, and the U.S. Department of Justice. Under the settlements, the plants will install thermal oxidizers that reduce VOC emissions from their feed dryers by 95 percent while meeting new, more restrictive emission limits for nitrous oxides, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, and other hazardous air pollutants. See the MPCA press release.