Judge Fines Iowa Company for River Discharge
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A judge has ordered an Iowa company to pay a $100,000 fine for discharging contaminated water into a creek that flows into the Des Moines River.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Ross Walters also ordered Chamness Technology on Wednesday to perform community service and develop a compliance and ethic program.
Blairsburg-based Chamness recycles organic waste. Investigators say the discharge happened at its composting facility near Eddyville in November 2010, where leachate water and storm water runoff was pumped from a hose into Palestine Creek.
Chamness pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor after cooperating with prosecutors. The company has argued the discharge was caused by a rogue site manager, and did not cause a fish kill or environmental damage other than discoloring the water. Chamness says it's taken steps to prevent future problems.