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Rosemount business reaches plea deal for failing to report emission violations

Spectro Alloys, a Rosemount-based aluminum processing facility, pleaded guilty Thursday to failing to disclose violations of emission restrictions.

According to information released by the United States Department of Justice, the company failed to disclose violations of the Clean Air Act when it filed a required compliance report in May of 2007. That report indicated that the facility was in compliance with all pollution limits despite the fact its testing had revealed what the justice department called "excessive" dioxin/furans emissions. The company also failed to reveal the violations in a March letter to the Environmental Protection Agency. That letter was submitted in response to a violation notice from the PEPA.

Under the plea agreement Spectro will pay a fine of $500,000. It was placed on probation for two years and was ordered to develop and implement procedures to ensure accurate reporting. Spectro must also hire a full-time environmental health and safety manager and report the results of all emissions testing.

The criminal case was the result of an investigation by the EPA. Spectro was charged in April of 2012.

Spectro also reached a settlement regarding civil claims filed by the EPA for violations of the Clean Air Act. That settlement is awaiting final court approval but would require Spectro to pay a $600,000 fine, install new pollution control equipment and conduct additional emissions testing.