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MDEQ reaches settlement with Michigan Sugar Company

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The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has settled a lawsuit against Bay City’s Michigan Sugar Company.

The MDEQ filed a lawsuit against Michigan Sugar Company in August of 2017. The lawsuit claimed the company’s sugar beet processing plant violated air and water quality regulations.

Michigan Sugar has agreed to operate and maintain its wastewater treatment system in a way that complies with its state wastewater discharge permit as part of the permit.

It also agrees to reduce odors from the plant by installing and operating new equipment, restore two rock reefs in Lake Huron's Saginaw Bay, and pay more than $500,000 in fines and environmental restoration costs.

DEQ Director Liesl Eichler Clark said in a statement:

“This settlement is an important milestone in addressing nuisance odor and water quality violations, including effluent exceedances from Michigan Sugar Company’s Bay City facility. DEQ is committed to working with the public and Michigan Sugar Company to ensure that this settlement brings about a lasting and satisfactory resolution to the environmental and community concerns.”

Paulette is a digital media reporter and producer for Michigan Radio. She started as a newsroom intern at the station in 2014 and has taken on various roles in that time, including filling in as an on-air host.
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