Andersons Marathon fined for TRI violation at 4 venues

OAKHURST, NJ (DTN) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a $209,241 settlement with The Andersons Marathon Holdings LLC facility in Denison, Iowa, as part of a larger settlement of $1,731,256 with the company to resolve an alleged 131 Toxic Release Inventory reporting violations at ethanol plants in four states.

Andersons Marathon manufactures ethanol at four facilities located in Logansport, Indiana; Denison, Iowa; Albion, Michigan; and Greenville, Ohio.

The EPA said the fine is the largest the agency has secured to date under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986.

The EPA said their Region 7 and Region 5 offices coordinated their investigations into Andersons Marathon’s failure to file, failure to file in a timely manner, and failure to file accurate EPCRA TRI forms for several chemicals from its fermentation steam stream.

The company agreed to pay the total penalty of more than $1.7 million between two consent agreements and final orders. The Region 5 action resolves 99 violations and imposes a civil penalty of $1,522,015 and the Region 7 action resolves 32 violations and imposes a civil penalty of $209,241.

Andersons Marathon has since filed its 2015-2020 EPCRA Toxic Chemical Release Forms and corrected its 2015-2020 data quality errors for chemicals including benzene, ethylbenzene and toluene. The EPA and Andersons Marathon also agreed on how the company will report on its future manufacture, process, or other use of fermentation chemicals – acetaldehyde, methanol, acrolein, formaldehyde and acid. formic. As a result of the action and for future reporting, Andersons Marathon has adjusted the measurements and releases of n-hexane and ammonia at its facilities.