Last week the Fort Morgan Colo. Western Sugar Cooperative paid a $2 million settlement to address noncompliance with environmental laws at its sugar beet processing plant.
Brian McManus public information officer at the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, says there are two outstanding notices of violations at Western Sugar in Scottsbluff.
One of the violations involves visible emissions standards from the plant, including September 13th of last year and also during a follow-up inspection December 26th of last year. That will require revising the operations and control equipment.
The other violations are technical and involve maintaining scrubbers, logs and monitoring.
Heather Luther, Vice President and General Counsel at Western Sugar says the company is committed to meeting its environmental regulations in each state it operates in and is working to do so in Nebraska as well.
NDEQ has an ongoing discussion with Western Sugar on the issues so there are no definite dates or fines on the violations.