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Business fined for environmental issues

For the second time in two years, a Goodhue Township business has been fined for alleged environmental violations.

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency officials say Fitzgerald Excavating and Trucking broke state laws in 2008 by operating a solid waste facility without a permit, storing solid waste on the ground and burning solid waste instead of transporting it to a permitted landfill.

Company officials also illegally installed four on-site sewer systems from 2006 to 2008, according to the MPCA.

Business owner Jason Fitzgerald denied comment when contacted Monday by the R-E.

This is the second time since 2007 the MPCA has fined Fitzgerald Excavating and Trucking. The company was cited two years ago for operating a solid waste management facility without a permit.

Fitzgerald has already taken corrective action to meet state laws for managing and disposing of solid waste, the state agency said.

For more on this story see Tuesday's print edition of the Republican Eagle