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EPA fines SD ethanol plants for violations

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- The federal Environmental Protection Agency says a Minnesota company has agreed to pay $136,500 in fines to settle violations at its ethanol plants in the South Dakota cities of Huron and Aberdeen.

The EPA says inspections at Advanced BioEnergy LLC's plants in January 2012 found violations related to the facilities' risk management programs and a failure to properly file paperwork detailing the use and management of chemicals.

Advanced BioEnergy is based in Bloomington, Minn. Officials did not immediately return telephone calls Monday seeking comment.