An ethanol plant located in Cambridge, Neb. has agreed to pay a possible $12,000 civil penalty for violating its Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality permit.
Nebraska Corn Processing signed a consent decree earlier this week agreeing to pay half the $12,000 penalty within 10 days and the rest within six months, unless the plant continues to meet emissions standards in that time.
Authorities say the plant had exceeded the volatile organic compound emissions allowed in its permit. NCP said it failed the initial test in 2010, four months after they bought the plant, because the plant was sitting idle for a year and was constructed with inadequate equipment.
NCP officials say they have since upgraded the equipment and passed tests conducted in both 2011 and 2012.
NCP also agreed to pay $12,000 for voluntary supplemental environmental projects. They are paying $6,000 to the Cambridge Fire Department for environmental safety, training, public awareness and equipment.
The other $6,000 will go towards the Cambridge High School chapter of the Future Farmers of America to build a greenhouse.