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DNR Enforcement Actions
Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Iowa DNR

DES MOINES — The DNR has taken the following enforcement actions. The following are only briefs; copies of enforcement actions, including the full, original orders and contact information, are available on the DNR’s website at

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

Calhoun County
Jon Olson, Pomeroy
Cease all illegal solid waste disposal activity and all illegal open burning of combustible materials and pay $4,263 penalty.

Clinton County
Michael Lee Liphardt, aka Melvin Liphardt, De Witt
Comply in the future with the state’s burning and solid waste disposal laws, remove and properly dispose of materials remaining at the site, and pay $3,000 penalty for past open burning and open dumping violations.

Mahaska County
Jacob Reed
Cease illegal burning and disposal of solid waste and pay $1,500 penalty. The penalty has been paid.

Plymouth County
Plymouth Oil Company, LLC, Merrill
Timely submit wastewater monthly operation reports.

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.

Calhoun County
Abens Ag & Construction, Inc., Pomeroy
Cease all illegal solid waste disposal and illegal open burning activities and pay $2,500 penalty.

Hancock County
Bernard Michelson
Cease improper open dumping and open burning of solid wastes and pay $2,500 penalty.

Harrison County
City of Mondamin 
Construction schedule for wastewater treatment facility improvements and payment of $3,000 penalty.

Union County
Wellman Dynamics Corporation
Establish a schedule for company to return to compliance with the financial assurance requirements associated with operating an industrial landfill.  Stipulated penalties included.

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.

Decatur County
Pam Lehman
Pay $1,350 penalty for past violations.  The penalty has been paid.

Iowa County
Thomas Chris Dodge, Parnell
Amendment to compliance schedule to resolve violations related to the illegal stockpiling of waste tires.

Johnson County
Mid River Marine Service and Storage, Inc., North Liberty
Revised compliance schedule and payment of $8,720 penalty.  A portion of the penalty ($4,220) is waived if schedule contained within the order is met.

Marshall County
City of Marshalltown
Changes to Marshalltown’s construction schedule for sanitary sewer improvements.

Muscatine County
Muscatine Used Parts, Inc., Muscatine
Amendment to clarify that Muscatine Used Parts, Inc. may collect discarded appliances on behalf of a permitted appliance demanufacturer.

Scott County
City of Dixon
Revised compliance schedule to correct nitrate issues. Dixon's public water supply will be sold to Iowa-American Water Company and new well will be installed.  City agrees to pay $2,500 penalty and dismiss appeal of original order.