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Corn Plus ethanol plant fined again, accused of violating air-quality permit

The same company was hit with a felony charge last month for allegedly falsifying data on its pollution control equipment.
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The same company was hit with a felony charge last month for allegedly falsifying data on its pollution control equipment.

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