Sewage flows into Cedar, Mississippi rivers

Cedar River. Photo by Rachel Dale, Flickr.

Clinton and Cedar Falls both accidentally discharged waste into nearby rivers yesterday.

The Quad-City Times reports:

The city of Clinton has discharged about 100,000 gallons of untreated wastewater into the Mississippi River.

The state Department of Natural Resources told KCRG-TV that the city discharged the sewage while repairs were made Friday to a 65-foot section of pipe. Continue reading

Clinton residents plead for their air quality

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Residents in Clinton are pleading for no further increase in local air pollution. The community currently faces many air quality issues stemming from the ADM facility located in town. KWQC reports that ADM recently asked the DNR for approval to replace two solvents. This action would cause an increase in Clinton’s air pollution:

   “It’s so bad I can’t even go out in my backyard and enjoy my pond.  The pollution killed my fish last year, every one of them died. It’s killed the trees around the plant, it’s killed the grass, and it’s turned all of our houses green,” says Ed Broderick President of the South Clinton Citizens Coalition.

   People at the hearing told their state representative and state senator why they do not want the DNR to approve ADM’s request. Those in the audience claim the company is not releasing the chemicals used in the solvents, because it would give away trade secrets. “All we want is a decent price for our homes and to get on with our lives. They’ve let us down here and they don’t care,” adds Mark Herch V.P. of the South Clinton Citizens Coalition.

Report: Quad Cities area ranks near last nationally in short-term particle pollution

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Air quality varies across the rest of Iowa, according to American Lung Association report 

Quad Cities residents can’t quite breathe easy.

That’s because their region ranks 25th in short-term particle pollution – a phenomenon, which increases their risk of heart attacks, strokes, asthma attacks and possible early death, according to a new report by the American Lung Association.

Quad Citians join nearly 61 million people across the US, who live in areas prone to unhealthy spikes in particle pollution. Continue reading