MEDINA — An ethanol production plant was fined after illegally disposing of industrial waste on its property, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Monday.
Earlier this month, Western New York Energy LLC was ordered by Shelby Town Court to pay an $87,000 fine for violating state environmental conservation law.
In 2013, an investigation by the DEC's Police Bureau of Environmental Crimes Investigation determined that Western New York Energy and Hydro-Klean LLC, an Iowa-based ethanol industrial cleaning operation, had disposed industrial waste at the rear of the ethanol plant.
DEC said the waste, a wash water applied on evaporators in the plant, contained trace amounts of ammonia and diesel range organics. The wash water was loaded into a vacuum truck and transported to the rear of the property for dumping in the ground.
Western New York Energy has since changed its practices and now disposes of waste water at a local wastewater treatment plant, DEC said.
The case was prosecuted by the Attorney General's office. Hydro-Klean pleaded guilty to unlawful dispose of industrial wastes this past August and was fined $50,000 by the town court, DEC said.