LENEXA, Kan. — EPA Region 7 announced that Grain Processing Corporation (GPC) in Muscatine, Iowa has agreed to pay a civil penalty for violations of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) that occurred in 2011, according to a press release.

GPC failed to comply with its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) monitoring requirements by taking unrepresentative flow measurements and not conducting settleability tests; failed to maintain all facilities and control systems in good working order; and exceeded the effluent limitations for biochemical oxygen demand, total suspended solids, temperature and pH, stated the release.

GPC came into compliance with CWA regulations after EPA Region 7 issued an order to the company on July 29, 2011, requiring it to correct the violations, noted the release.

“Discharge permits are one of the Clean Water Act’s most important tools to protect our waters’ health and productivity,” said EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks. “EPA takes NPDES violations very seriously and this penalty sends a message to GPC and others that protecting our waters is an important part of their operations.”

Read the entire press release here.