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Spill reported at N.D. ethanol plant

RICHARDTON, N.D. -- The ethanol plant owned by Red Trail Energy reported an ethanol spill Thursday, March 29, at their plant near Richardton in southwest North Dakota.The leak was not noticed by workers and resulted in 202 barrels, or 8,484 gallo...

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RICHARDTON, N.D. -- The ethanol plant owned by Red Trail Energy reported an ethanol spill Thursday, March 29, at their plant near Richardton in southwest North Dakota.

The leak was not noticed by workers and resulted in 202 barrels, or 8,484 gallons, of ethanol spilled.

“It was a transfer valve similar to your garden hose -- little more complex than that -- but they just didn't get it closed all the way,” said Bill Suess of the North Dakota Department of Health.

Suess said that the spill will have no direct effect on the ethanol plant.

There was also no direct effect to the environment. It was outside of the plant’s secondary containment, but it was still within the area where there is no vegetation or water that can be impacted.

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The spill was caught Thursday and it most likely started Wednesday, Suess said.

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