IOWA CITY, Iowa (Legal Newsline) – The U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement with Iowa City,
Iowa, after allegations the city violated the Clean Air Act at its sanitary
Iowa City purportedly failed to comply with parts of the New
Source Performance Standards for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills. The EPA
charged the city with failing to conduct appropriate monitoring and failing to
expand the gas collection well system when wells exceed standards for oxygen
content, methane concentration and pressure.
Landfill standards exist to control emissions of landfill
gas and to monitor and keep records – all in an effort to minimize landfill gas
Under the terms of the settlement, the city will pay an
$8,225 civil penalty, develop a Supplemental Environmental Project for $109,000
and create other improvement that will cost an estimated $2 million.
“This settlement is the result of cooperative and productive
discussions with Iowa City,” EPA Region 7 Administrator Mark Hague said. “As
part of the settlement, the city will implement important, progressive measures
that will minimize risks to the local community and improve public access to
information about conditions at the site.”