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November 2, 1998

Papetti's of Iowa Pays $169,900 Penalty Resulting from Illegal Discharge and Pretreatment Violations

DES MOINES-- Papetti's of Iowa, an egg-processing company in Lenox, paid a civil penalty of $169,900 Friday as a result of illegal discharge of egg-processing waste into waters of the state and failure to process its wastes sufficiently before discharging them into the Lenox water treatment system.

The civil penalty was contained in a decree entered Friday by District Court Judge Richard D. Morr in Taylor County District Court in Bedford. The decree resolved a lawsuit filed simultaneously by the Attorney General's Office.

The suit said the Iowa Department of Natural Resources investigated an illegal discharge of egg-processing waste from the Papetti's facility into an unnamed tributary of the One Hundred Two River. The illegal discharge occurred from at least Nov. 6 to Nov. 15, 1996.

The pretreatment penalty results from Papetti's violation of the company's DNR-approved agreement establishing limitations on the industrial wastewater discharged by Papetti's into the Lenox wastewater treatment system. The lawsuit alleged Papetti's discharged waste into the Lenox system that exceeded specified limitations during various months in 1996, 1997 and 1998. A pretreatment facility upgrade by the city and Papetti's has been approved by the DNR and is scheduled for completion early next year.

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