Air and water quality violations from Muscatine plant forwarded to Iowa environmental commission

The state environmental commission will soon discuss how to address the repeated violations of one of Iowa’s biggest polluters.

The Muscatine Journal reports:

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is seeking to refer air-quality and wastewater violations by Grain Processing Corp. to the state attorney general.

The referral has been added to the agenda for a meeting of the Environmental Protection Commission. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. on April 19 in the DNR Air Quality Building at 7900 Hickman Road in Des Moines. It will be open to the public and public comments will start at 10:30 a.m.

The commissioners will hear from the DNR and GPC at 1 p.m., according to the agenda.

Industrial Muscatine continues to struggle with air pollution, health affects

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By B. Adam Burke

An Iowa town with the worst air quality in the state is again under EPA scrutiny after years of maintaining allowable air pollution levels.

But plans to clean up emissions from burning coal won’t be adopted for several years, leaving residents in a haze of regulation and red tape.

Last month, the EPA declared Iowa’s pollution-fighting plans “substantially inadequate” for maintaining fine particulate matter standards in Muscatine, an industrial town on the Mississippi River. Continue reading