MUSCATINE, Iowa — As it said it would last month, Clean Air Muscatine filed a motion to intervene Tuesday in a civil enforcement action against Muscatine-based Grain Processing Corp. in the Iowa District Court of Muscatine County.
According to a news release, James Larew of the Larew Law Office in Iowa City filed the motion for CLAM, a nonprofit group advocating on behalf of a cleaner environment for the Muscatine area.
Larew said previously that the motion to intervene will give CLAM, his client, the right to be present and offer input during any civil enforcement action.
In April 2011, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Environmental Protection Commission referred to Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller a lawsuit filed against GPC for allegedly violating Iowa’s air and water quality statutes.
The commission makes such referrals when it believes that civil penalties will exceed $10,000.
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The suit was filed by Miller’s office on behalf of the DNR.
In May 2011, GPC announced plans to spend about $100 million to reduce emissions from its Southend plant by 2015.
Plans include extending stacks and adding scrubbers and bag houses as well as building a new drying and evaporating facility that will entail a 100-foot-tall building and a 155-foot-tall stack, eliminating older dryers.
CLAM president Sandy Stanley of Muscatine said the motion to intervene could bring about more than just cleaner air for the Muscatine area.
“We believe that a cleaner environment in Muscatine will be good for the health of our community members and will boost economic development, which is something we all want,” she said.