(CRESTON, Iowa) Union County District Court Judge David L. Christensen has assessed a $165,000 civil penalty against Creston Bean Processing, L.L.C., for failure to comply with hazardous air pollutant emissions standards, operating limits for hexane solvent use, and emission limits for volatile organic compounds, according to Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller.
Creston Bean owns and operates a soybean processing facility in Creston. The facility includes several emission sources for air pollutants constructed under permits issued by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The manufacturing process involves use of hexane, a solvent, to extract soybean oil. Hexane is a hazardous and extremely flammable liquid. Breathing high concentrations of hexane vapors can cause irregular heartbeats, respiratory tract irritation, and potentially death.
Creston Bean has taken corrective action and since February 2009 has demonstrated compliance with hazardous emission standards, hexane operating limits and emission limits for volatile organic compounds. The Court’s order, filed Friday afternoon, also enjoins Creston Bean from further violations.