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December 1, 2011

Miller Sues Muscatine Company for Air & Water Pollution Control Violation

(MUSCATINE, Iowa)  Attorney General Tom Miller filed a lawsuit against Grain Processing Corporation (GPC) for numerous air pollution and water pollution control violations at its grain processing facility in Muscatine.

In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Muscatine County District Court, Miller alleged  GPC emitted excess particulate matter and sulfur dioxide; failed to maintain and repair equipment to prevent and remedy excess emissions; failed to obtain a construction permit to prevent significant deterioration of the air quality; failed to comply with notification, reporting and emission reduction requirements for hazardous air pollutants; and failed to obtain a construction permit for a 1.9 million gallon anaerobic settler for the facility’s wastewater treatment system.

The suit seeks civil penalties for these 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.

This is the second major lawsuit the state filed against Grain Processing in the last five years.  In 2006, GPC paid a $538,000 civil penalty for failure to comply with construction permits limiting particulate emissions.


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