This week’s On the Radio segment covers the state lawsuit against GPC of Muscatine for their environmental violations. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.
An Iowa company accused of major pollution violations will pay a record $1.5 million penalty to settle a state lawsuit.
This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.
Attorney General Tom Miller said recently that the penalty for Grain Processing Corporation of Muscatine will be the largest ever in Iowa for environmental violations.
The settlement is expected to improve air quality in Muscatine, where residents have complained that GPC’s corn processing plant spews pollution that blankets homes and cars with soot, and poses potential health problems.
Miller says the requirement to convert GPC’s boilers to natural gas next year is unprecedented and expected to reduce its annual air pollutant emissions by 12,000 tons. The company will install additional air pollution control systems in the coming years to cut emissions further.
To learn more about air pollution and the lawsuit, visit iowaenvironmentalfocus.org.
From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor