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October 12, 2012

Judge Penalizes Latimer Salvage Yard Owner $40,000 for Environmental Violations

(HAMPTON, Iowa)  A Franklin County judge this week penalized the owner of a Latimer salvage yard, after the judge ruled the owner committed solid waste, storm water discharge, and hazardous condition violations.

District Court Judge DeDra Schroeder assessed Jerry Passehl, 57, owner of The Junkyard, more than $40,000 in civil and administrative penalties.  The judge also ordered Passehl to bring his facility into compliance.

The violations included failing to timely clean up contaminated soil, failing to properly dispose of abandoned appliances, failing to organize tires so that the number of waste tires could be counted and monitored, failing to comply with storm water discharge permit requirements, and failing to notify the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) of hazardous conditions.

In December 2010, Attorney General Tom Miller filed a lawsuit, alleging numerous environmental violations occurring since 2009, when the DNR issued an administrative order to address them.

The judge reached the decision following a one-day trial on September 14.

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