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Published January 27, 2014, 07:57 PM

Digi-Key face emissions fine

Electronics distributor Digi-Key has been fined $25,000 by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and has submitted eight years of missing emission inventory reports after failing to obtain the proper permits for four generators installed between 1990 and 2009.

By: Anna Burleson, Grand Forks Herald

Electronics distributor Digi-Key has been fined $25,000 by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and has submitted eight years of missing emission inventory reports after failing to obtain the proper permits for four generators installed between 1990 and 2009.

According to a press release, the generators are at the company’s Thief River Falls facility and are used during power outages and by a utility company during times of peak energy demand.

The permits and reporting requirements the company failed to comply with are in place to limit air pollution.

The severity of the fine was based on its effect on the environment, repeat violations and how quickly the infraction was reported. Dan Olson, a spokesman for the Pollution Control Agency, said fines of this kind usually range upwards of $10,000.

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