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April 9, 2003

States and US Settle with ADM on Air Pollution

Wednesday, April 9, 2003
Statement of the Iowa Attorney General's Office:

The State of Iowa is participating in a national environmental settlement with Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) concerning air pollution control violations at ADM's 52 facilities nationwide. ADM owns and operates facilities in Cedar Rapids, Clinton, Des Moines, and Keokuk.

Under the Consent Decree, if approved by the Court, the State of Iowa will receive penalties of $222,000. Linn and Polk Counties, which have their own air pollution control programs, will each receive $61,000. ADM will pay civil penalties totaling $4,604,000 nationwide, perform a variety of supplemental environmental projects at a cost of $6,050,000, and commit to a variety of air pollution control improvements at most of its facilities nationwide at an estimated cost of $340 million.

ADM will be required to install air pollution control improvements at the Cedar Rapids, Clinton and Des Moines facilities over the next ten years. Modeling to determine compliance with air standards will be required for all four facilities over the next five years. Air pollution control improvements were negotiated by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

[End of statement.]


The United States today simultaneously filed its complaint alleging a variety of air pollution control violations, along with a draft Consent Decree. The pleadings were filed in United States District Court, Central District of Illinois. The State of Iowa, Linn and Polk Counties, other states, and Lancaster County NE also filed complaints intervening in the federal action and joining in the Consent Decree.

The Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources was heavily involved in this matter.

Here is a link to the EPA's release April 9 on the ADM matter:

The lead paragraph in the EPA/USDOJ release is as follows:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency today announced a landmark Clean Air Act settlement with grain industry giant Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), which will cover operations at 52 plants in 16 states and cost the company an estimated $340 million. The settlement is the result of an unprecedented joint federal and state enforcement effort with 14 state and county entities signing onto the consent decree. Under the settlement, ADM will implement sweeping environmental improvements at plants nationwide that will eliminate at least 63,000 tons of air pollution a year.

[EPA release continues at their web site, listed above.]

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