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March 24, 2009

Clinton Will Construct Wastewater Treatment Facility to Remedy Water Pollution Violations Alleged by State of Iowa

Clinton must pay $100,000 civil penalty. The city agrees to take numerous steps to end several years of alleged violations of wastewater effluent limits, and other violations.

Clinton. The City of Clinton has agreed to construct an upgraded wastewater treatment facility in order to remedy numerous alleged violations of the city’s wastewater effluent limits. The city’s treated wastewater flows into Beaver Slough of the Mississippi River.

Clinton agreed to numerous terms to resolve a lawsuit filed against the city today by the Attorney General’s Office on behalf of the Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources. The suit alleged wastewater effluent violations on many occasions from 2003 to 2009, and other violations of requirements relating to combined sewer overflows (a combination of sanitary wastewater and storm water.)

The state lawsuit was simultaneously resolved today by a Consent Order, Judgment and Decree entered by District Court Judge Charles H. Pelton. Terms of the Consent Order were agreed-to by the City, and by the Attorney General’s Office and the Iowa DNR.

The City of Clinton must fulfill terms of the Court Order and agreement, including:

  • The city must upgrade its wastewater treatment facilities by 2013 to meet permit limits (estimated cost: $30 million).
  • The city must pay a $100,000 civil penalty.
  • The city must move its Beaver Slough wastewater treatment outfall to a location downstream of Mill Creek.
  • The city must implement a city-proposed Supplemental Environmental Project that would establish a greenbelt to reduce stormwater runoff.
  • The city must submit by June 2010 a Long Term Control Plan for eliminating and reducing combined sewer overflows (storm water and sanitary sewer combined overflows).
  • The city must complete other measures and do flow and wastewater monitoring related to combined sewer outflows.
  • The city must provide annual compliance reports to the Iowa DNR.
  • The city must pay stipulated civil penalties, if it fails to meet specified deadlines.

The Attorney General’s Office said: “We are pleased with this resolution, and we appreciate the cooperation of the City of Clinton. The agreement and Order resolve the lawsuit, and they provide a reasonable and effective schedule to correct these difficult environmental problems.”


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