immediate release --November 2, 1998.
Contact Bob Brammer, 515-281-6699
of Iowa Pays $169,900 Penalty Resulting from Illegal Discharge and Pretreatment
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.
at Lenox Egg-Processing Plant
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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