Day After Story on Weak Enforcement, Iowa Cracks Down on Polluter

"Iowa’s attorney general is suing a corn processing plant, alleging it has released more air pollution than allowed for at least the past 18 months. Filing of the lawsuit came a day after the Center for Public Integrity’s iWatch News highlighted the state environmental agency’s passivity in curbing emissions at the plant in the Mississippi River town of Muscatine."


'Quite frankly, this lawsuit was surprising,' said Janet Sichterman, a spokesperson for the plant’s owner, Grain Processing Corp. 'Normally, we would just resolve the issues between the two of us.'

James Larew, the lawyer representing concerned Muscatine residents who formed a community group earlier this year, said he plans to file a petition asking the judge to give the plant’s neighbors a seat at the negotiating table alongside the state and the company. 'We’d at least like to be heard in these negotiations,' he said."

Chris Hamby reports for iWatch News (Center for Public Integrity) December 3, 2011.

Source: iWatch News, 12/05/2011