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Midwest Floodwaters Tainted With Sewage, Chemicals

Article: Midwest Floodwaters Tainted With Sewage, Chemicals

DES MOINES, Iowa, June 17, 2008 (ENS) – Raw sewage is flowing into rivers and streams across central and eastern Iowa as one after another wastewater facilities are inundated by the record floods that have swept the state during the past two weeks. Livestock manure is also part of the nasty mix, along with spilled…

Governor Culver Signs Iowa Surface Water Protection Act

Article: Governor Culver Signs Iowa Surface Water Protection Act

DES MOINES, Iowa, April 9, 2008 (ENS) – A new law signed by Governor Chet Culver last week creates a Water Resource Coordinating Council in the Governor’s Office tasked with coordinating the management of Iowa’s water resources. The Iowa Surface Water Protection Act is the result of more than two years of work by the…

Cargill Penalized for Pollution at Iowa Biodiesel Plant

Article: Cargill Penalized for Pollution at Iowa Biodiesel Plant

DES MOINES, Iowa, March 11, 2008 (ENS) – Water pollution, wastewater pretreatment, and solid waste violations at Cargill’s biodiesel facility in Iowa Falls have netted the agricultural products giant a $100,000 civil penalty. The court order, which was entered early Monday by Hardin County District Court Judge Carl Baker, resolves a lawsuit also filed Monday…

Iowa Cities Face Costly Wastewater System Upgrades

Article: Iowa Cities Face Costly Wastewater System Upgrades

BURLINGTON, Iowa, February 24, 2008 (ENS) – The City of Burlington discharged an estimated two million gallons of untreated wastewater mixed with storm runoff water to the Mississippi River after a pipe became plugged last week. City officials are unsure of when the discharge began, but they discovered the plugged pipe on Tuesday in the…