CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Department of the Environment says it won’t renew a wastewater discharge permit for a Cumberland company accused of violating pollution laws.

The Cumberland Times-News reported Friday that the agency says it plans to deny the renewal requested by Mexico Farms LLC.

Mexico Farms treats wastewater from Fibred, a company that makes dietary fiber from soybean hulls. It sprays some of the treated wastewater on nearby fields and discharges some into the North Branch of the Potomac River.

MDE says the wastewater doesn’t meet environmental standards. It has fined the company $50,000. The company is fighting the enforcement action.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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