March 11, 2008 / 5:01 PM / 11 years ago

Cargill to pay $100,000 fine for green violation

CHICAGO, March 11 (Reuters) - U.S. agribusiness Cargill Inc [CARG.UL] must pay a $100,000 civil penalty for environmental violations involving an biodiesel plant in Iowa, the state’s attorney general said.

The attorney general’s office alleged that a Cargill facility in Iowa Falls violated water pollution, waste-water pretreatment and solid waste regulations.

“Cargill has resolved the issues and is in compliance, but these were serious violations,” Attorney General Tom Miller said in a statement.

A Cargill spokesman was not available to comment.

Additionally, Cargill agreed to prevent violations at any of its five Iowa facilities, which are located in Iowa Falls, Sioux City, Des Moines and Cedar Rapids.

The agreement was outlined in an order entered by Hardin County District Court Judge Carl. D. Baker on Monday and resolved a lawsuit also filed on Monday by Miller’s office. (Reporting by Christine Stebbins; Editing by Walter Bagley)

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