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Minnesota ethanol plant faces felony charges

Southwest Minnesota ethanol cooperative Corn Plus faces felony charges after federal regulators accuse them of misleading reports about pollution equipment. The latest complaint says company officials falsely claim pollution equipment was working when it wasn't. It's the latest in a series of environmental infractions.
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Southwest Minnesota ethanol cooperative Corn Plus faces felony charges after federal regulators accuse them of misleading reports about pollution equipment. The latest complaint says company officials falsely claim pollution equipment was working when it wasn't. It's the latest in a series of environmental infractions.

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