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Iowa Man Gets Probation for Chemicals in Creek

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A Monticello man has been given five years' probation for allowing hazardous chemicals to seep into Kitty Creek.

Federal prosecutors say 75-year-old Gene Riddle pleaded guilty to violating the Clean Water Act. As part of a plea agreement, he'll need to pay $273,000 to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Authorities say Riddle stored chemicals used at his manufacturing business, Riddle Inc., at a deteriorating building a few hundred feet from Kitty Creek. During floods in 1993, 2002 and 2009, the creek poured into the building and disturbed drums of chemicals.

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