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Muscatine Grain Processing To Pay $1.5 Million Environmental Penalty

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Grain Processing Corporation of Muscatine will pay a record civil penalty and be forced to reduce air pollutant emissions at the company's Muscatine corn processing facility and improve air quality.

The company will pay a $1.5 million civil penalty which is the largest ever paid to the state for environment violations. It includes an unprecedented provision requiring GPC to convert its boilers from coal-fired to natural gas-fired, which will reduce more than 12,000 tons of air pollutant emissions per year.

"This is a comprehensive and historic resolution of an environmental enforcement action," Attorney General Tom Miller said in a release. "This outcome will go far toward ensuring GPC's environmental compliance and improving air quality in Muscatine."

The company estimates that implementing terms of the consent decree will cost $15-17 million in capital expenses, $1 million per year in operating costs, and $4-12 million per year in increased fuel costs.

This all stems from a lawsuit Miller filed against GPC in 2011, alleging numerous air and wastewater violations.


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