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DNR enforcement actions

DES MOINES – DNR staff work with individuals, businesses and communities to help them protect our natural resources by complying with state and federal laws. This approach is very effective. In the few cases where compliance cannot be achieved, the DNR issues enforcement actions. The following list summarizes recent enforcement actions. Find the entire, original orders on DNR’s website at www.iowadnr.gov/EnforcementActions

Consent Orders
A consent order is issued as an alternative to issuing an administrative order. A consent order indicates that the DNR has voluntarily entered into a legally enforceable agreement with the other party.

Buena Vista County
City of Storm Lake
Comply with NPDES permit and pay $8,000 penalty for illegal bypass of untreated wastewater.

Clayton County
Walz Energy
Walz Energy LLC has entered into an administrative consent order with DNR to address violations at its site in Clayton County. Violations addressed include illegal discharges to a water of the state, multiple ongoing violations of its stormwater NPDES permit and a violation of its wastewater construction permit. Walz Energy has agreed to payment of a $10,000 administrative penalty and to comply with its NPDES stormwater permit. 

Dickinson/Milford County
Heller Enterprises, LLC, aka Northwest Iowa Sprinkler and Douglas and Rebecca Heller
Cease open burning of solid wastes, properly remove and dispose of any remaining waste, and pay $3,000 penalty.

Woodbury County
Whiskey Creek Feedlot, Inc.
Pay $7,000 penalty for past water supply permitting violations.

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