Grain processing plant penalized $4.1M for violations

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Roquette America Inc. has to pay $4.1 million in penalties because of environmental violations that took place at their grain processing plant in Keokuk.

The plant illegally discharged waste through storm drains at least 30 times, leading to more than 250,000 gallons of waste entering the Mississippi River and the nearby Soap Creek.

On top of the fines, the company may need to pay upwards of $17 million to upgrade their sewer and wastewater treatment plant.

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