(MUSCATINE, Iowa) Attorney General Tom Miller announced today the filing of an amendment to the State’s environmental lawsuit against Grain Processing Corporation (GPC), pending in Muscatine County District Court. The original suit, filed in December 2011, alleged air and water pollution control violations. Further investigation by the Attorney General’s office and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has since identified additional alleged environmental violations which are included in the amendment, including but not limited to additional excess air emissions, failure to obtain certain air permits or comply with existing permits, failure to provide required air emission controls, and failure to report all actual air pollutant emissions. The suit is currently scheduled for trial commencing September 23, 2013.
The suit seeks civil penalties for the alleged violations as well as injunctive relief requiring the company to comply with Iowa’s environmental laws.
At its Muscatine facility, GPC processes grain into ethanol and various feed, industrial and food products. The facility includes more than 300 emission units, or pieces of equipment that emit or have the potential to emit various air pollutants.