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State announces settlement with Michigan Sugar Company over alleged pollution

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A lawsuit aimed at reducing air and water pollution from the Michigan Sugar Company’s Bay City Plant was settled this week.

The Sugar Company agreed to pay for two environmental projects totaling $262,000. The company will help with the restoration of the Saginaw Bay Reef and will plant a tree barrier around their facility to reduce noise and air pollution.

Scott Dean is with the Department of Environmental Quality.

“In addition to committing to specific actions to improve water quality and reduce odors Michigan Sugar will also pay penalties including a civil fine of $300,000.”

The initial suit was filed after multiple complaints from local residents regarding odors coming from the facility.

In a press release, Michigan Sugar Company officials said they are quote “committed to preserving the environment and we look forward to working with the agency to promote the best interests of our company and the community.”

As part of the settlement, the company does not admit any fault.