The city of Coralville was ordered to pay a $6,500 penalty for violations stemming from an explosion in a sludge storage tank at the city’s wastewater treatment facility in 2010.
That explosion significantly damaged the storage system and seriously injured the certified operator, Brian Lamansky. According to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, prior to the December 2010 explosion, Coralville had not reported any effluent violations in its recent history, but subsequently reported multiple violations of exceeding ammonia and other limits and avoided the cost of replacing Lamansky while he recovered.
Read more about the administrative consent order between the DNR and Coralville here.
A consent order is issued as an alternative to issuing an administrative order and indicates that the DNR has voluntarily entered into a legally enforceable agreement with the other party.
The DNR also has taken the following enforcement actions. Copies of enforcement actions, including the full, original orders and contact information, are available on the DNR’s website at www.iowadnr.gov/InsideDNR/AboutDNR/EnforcementActions.aspx.
Jodie Puff, dba J&R Farms
Pay $3,000 penalty for late submittal of manure management plans.
American Natural Soy, Inc. and Cherokee Investments, L.L.C.
Obtain storm water permit for facility, properly dispose of wastewater and solid waste and pay $7,000 penalty.
Equistar Chemicals, LP, Clinton
Compliance schedule to upgrade wastewater treatment plant.
Pay $2,600 penalty to resolve violations related to the illegal disposal of solid waste.
Pay $10,000 penalty and $40,056 in fish restitution and investigative costs for manure discharge from an animal feeding operation, with $8,000 of the penalty amount to be paid as a supplemental environmental project consisting of replacing unformed manure storage structures with formed manure storage structures at four facilities.
Randall Tjaden and Tjaden Contractors, Inc., Eldora
Cease illegal open burning and open dumping of solid waste and pay $1,000 penalty.
John and Linda Moons, dba Dalarna Farms Partnership
Prevent future discharges from facility and pay $7,500 penalty for silage run-off into a water of the state.
Pay $4,500 penalty for failure to timely submit manure management plan updates and fees.
Roquette America, Inc., Keokuk
Order establishes compliance schedule to meet final nickel limits at the plant.
V.G. Farms, Inc.
Pay $3,006 penalty for failure to timely submit manure management plan updates and compliance fees at two facilities.
Patrick Baker, dba Stockton Auto, Stockton
Pay $2,000 penalty for past air quality and solid waste violations which occurred during the demolition of a building in Stockton.
OMG Midwest, Inc., dba Hallett Materials
Cease illegal discharges to waters of the state, comply with NPDES permit, and pay $6,000 penalty for past wastewater violations.
Palo Alto County
Comply with all manure control and manure applicator requirements and pay $5,675 penalty for past violations.
Cargill, Incorporated, Des Moines
Pay $3,500 penalty for air quality violations which occurred during the renovation of a building at Cargill’s facility.
Larson and Larson Construction, LLC, Des Moines
Pay $5,500 penalty to resolve asbestos violations occurring during a renovation project at McCombs Middle School.
Lincolnway Energy, LLC
Pay $10,000 penalty for air quality permitting violations.
A.D., L.L.C., Sioux City
Cease illegal discharges to the waters of the state, comply with NPDES General Permit No. 2, and pay $4,500 penalty.
Manufacturers Bank & Trust Company and Rognes Bros. Excavating Inc.
Cease illegal open burning and open dumping of solid wastes and pay $5,000 penalty.
A consent amendment is issued in settlement of a previous administrative order or to amend a pre‐existing consent order. A consent amendment indicates that the DNR has voluntarily entered into a legally enforceable agreement with the other party.
Amends payment plan in 2011 order to pay $3,000 penalty.
R.H. Hummer Jr., and 2161 Highway 6 Trail, LLC – Consent Amendment to Administrative Consent Order Amends payment plan in 2012 order to pay $4,857 penalty.