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Minnesota company penalized for emitting hazardous pollutants

Superior Industries, a Minnesota company that specializes in the development and manufacturing of conveyor systems and components, received $20,000 in fines due to several pollution issues. According to the Star Tribune, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency penalized the company for hazardous pollution emissions between 2001 and 2011

The business consistently exceeded the amount of dangerous organic compounds it was allowed to produce under its permit. Company officials told the agency about its hazardous pollution emissions in December 2010, but continued their actions through January 2011.

Agency officials found that many of the compounds produced by Superior Industries were carcinogens that could cause serious health problems. Additionally, agency leaders discovered that the firm had an emergency generator that was not listed on its inventory, and control equipment had not been properly installed on sandblasting machines.

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