BECKER (WJON News) - A local company has been fined for violating air quality.

Northern Metals, a metal shredding facility in Becker, has been fined $12,000 for exceeding emissions limits for small and very small particulate matter.

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An investigation by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in 2021 found Northern Metals exceeded limits by more than 60%. Officials say the company also missed testing and submission deadlines.

In addition to the fine, Northern Metals is ordered to submit a performance testing plan, install equipment to control acid gas, mercury, and particulate matter emissions, and submit a status report to the MPCA every six months.

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