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DNR Enforcement Actions

DES MOINES – The DNR has taken the following enforcement actions.  The following are only briefs; copies of enforcement action, including the full, original order and contact information are available on the DNR’s website at www.iowadnr.gov/InsideDNR/AboutDNR/EnforcementActions.aspx.


Administrative Orders
Responsible parties have 30 days to appeal the order or 60 days to pay the penalty.

Chickasaw County
Sparboe Foods, LLC
Ensure compliance with land application of solid waste and pay $9,000 penalty.

Jackson County
Plum River Fault Line Golf, Inc. and Meadowcrest Farms, Ltd. 
Order issued to resolve water supply violations, and includes $9,000 penalty.

Howard County
Mary Jo Engle and Doug Engle, dba Jo’s Longbranch Bar and Grill 
Order issued to resolve water supply violations, and includes $4,500 penalty.


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.

Franklin County
City of Alexander
Binding schedule for establishing strategy to cease unlawful sewage discharges to a water of the state.

Allamakee County
Interstate Power and Light Co. – Lansing Generating Station
Binding schedule to eliminate the discharge of ash sluice water.

Mills County
Aaron Vorthmann 
Obtain sovereign lands construction permit and work with DNR for the restoration of state wildlife management area (WMA), including granting of easement to property leading to the WMA to facilitate site restoration and management.

Floyd County
City of Nora Springs
Schedule for necessary upgrades to city’s wastewater treatment facility and payment of $5,500 penalty.

Kossuth County
Steve Gritton
Cease open burning of solid wastes and pay $3,000 penalty.

Lee County
Craig Pieper 
Ensure compliance with laws and rules governing land application of manure and pay $3,000 penalty.

Black Hawk County
Bertch Cabinet Mfg., Inc. 
Comply with air quality requirements, including construction permitting requirements, and pay $7,200 penalty.

Allamakee County
Krauskopf Pumping Service, LLC
Develop and implement Standard Operating Procedure to prevent future discharge to a water of the state and pay $2,000 penalty for past manure discharge that resulted in water quality violations.

Lee County
Carroll Farms LLC
Implement Plan of Action to prevent future manure releases and pay $7,000 penalty.


Administrative Order Amendments
An administrative order amendment is issued in settlement of a previous administrative order or to amend a pre-existing administrative order.

Dallas County
Gonzalez & Sons Express, LLC
Amend order to rescind payment of penalty because business has ceased existence.

Pottawattamie County
Anderson Excavating Co., Inc.
Amend order to acknowledge compliance efforts and the fact that the company provided adequate financial assurance.  Payment of penalty is waived and company ordered to comply with closure permit.


Consent Amendments
A consent amendment is issued in settlement of a previous administrative order or to amend a pre-existing consent order. A consent amendment indicates that the DNR has voluntarily entered into a legally enforceable agreement with the other party.

Wapello County
City of Ottumwa
Amended compliance schedule to address combined sewer overflows.

Marion County
City of Pella
Amended compliance schedule for the completion of improvements to City’s sanitary sewer collection system.

O’Brien County
John Westra
Pay $63,000 in fish restitution and a $7,000 penalty for manure discharge that led to a fish kill.  Portion of the penalty consists of payment to O’Brien County Conservation Board for a supplemental environmental project.  Order dismisses earlier appeal.

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