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EPA Wins Lawsuit Over Des Moines-Based Titan Tire

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A federal judge has ordered Titan Tire Corp. and related company, Dico Inc., to pay millions of dollars in fines for the demolition of three buildings in Des Moines that the Environmental Protection Agency says were contaminated with PCBs, chemicals considered hazardous.

The EPA sued the companies in October 2010 claiming they flouted environmental regulations.

Judge Robert Pratt, in his order filed Tuesday calls the action by Dico "reprehensible conduct" ordering nearly $3.1 million in fines and penalties.

Titan must pay $1.5 million in EPA costs for cleanup of a site in Ottumwa where steel beams from the Des Moines buildings were dumped. Pratt holds Dico responsible for ongoing cleanup costs.

Titan acquired Dico in 1993 as part of Dyneer Corp.

Titan CEO Morry Taylor says he will appeal.