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February 2, 2007

Criminal Water-Pollution Charges Filed Naming Red Giant Oil Company and Searle Petroleum Company of Council Bluffs

Statement of the Iowa Attorney General’s Office
Friday, February 2, 2007

Statement of the Attorney General’s Office:

The Iowa Attorney General’s Office filed a criminal Trial Information Friday afternoon in Pottawattamie County District Court in Council Bluffs, alleging that Red Giant Oil Company and Searle Petroleum Company knowingly discharged a pollutant into a water of the State.

The Trial Information alleges 14 counts of knowingly discharging a pollutant into a water of the state, each an aggravated misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $50,000 per day of violation.

Each of the 14 counts indicates that, on specified dates from April 29, 2004, to Sept. 15, 2005, the defendants did “unlawfully and knowingly discharge pollutants, to wit: lube oil, a petroleum residuum, or similar materials, into a water of the State of Iowa.”

Judge Charles L. Smith set arraignment for 9:30 a.m., March 5, 2007.

Other agencies involved in the investigation are the Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The Trial Information represents charges only, and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless they are found guilty.

[End of statement.]

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