Iowa Man Gets Probation for Chemicals in Creek

The former Riddle Inc. facility in Monticello was cleaned out by the Environmental Protection Agency in July to remove improperly stored hazardous waste, which was being dumped into nearby Kitty Creek. Photographed Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010. Gene Riddle, the former owner of Riddle Inc., has pled guilty to a felony charge for storing hazardous waste without a permit and faces misdemeanor charges for violating the Clean Water Act. (Liz Martin/SourceMedia Group News)

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By James Steward

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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