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October 12, 2016

Davenport Mobile Home Park Operator to Pay State $20,000, Comply with Environmental Laws through Agreement

Mt. Joy Mobile Home Park owner Peeters Development Co. violated public water supply and wastewater treatment laws at park water plants

DAVENPORT – The corporate owner of the Mt. Joy Mobile Home Park in Davenport will pay a $20,000 civil penalty and agrees to comply with Iowa water supply and wastewater environmental laws and regulations, through a court order based on an agreement with Attorney General Tom Miller.

Through a consent decree entered this week by Scott County Senior District Court Judge J. Hobart Darbyshire, Peeters Development Co. Inc., of Davenport, must pay the penalty to the state and is subject to a permanent injunction regarding Mt. Joy’s public water supply and wastewater treatment plant operations. The water supply serves approximately 170 people.

The decree resolves a lawsuit over series of violations that occurred at various times from 2013-2015.

Public Water Supply Violations
At the mobile home park’s public water supply system, violations include failing to properly monitor the system, exceeding allowable arsenic levels, failing to notify residents about the excess levels, and failing to notify residents that levels of arsenic, lead, copper, nitrates, and coliform bacteria were not properly monitored.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Violations
At the park’s wastewater treatment plant, the violations include failing to properly operate and maintain the plant, failing to retain a properly certified plant operator, and exceeding wastewater effluent limitations.

Injunction Requires Future Environmental Law Compliance
In addition to the civil penalty, the permanent injunction bars Peeters from violating certain environmental laws and regulations at its public water supply and wastewater treatment plants.

At the wastewater treatment plant, the agreement requires Peeters to retain a properly certified plant operator. The company must also retain a professional engineer to assess the plant, submit a compliance plan to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and complete needed improvements by October 1, 2020.

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