SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A packing company in northwest Iowa has been ordered to pay $54,000 for environmental violations tied to wastewater discharge.
District Court Judge James Scott assessed the penalty Friday against Sioux-Preme Packing Company, located in Sioux Center.
The company was accused of discharging wastewater into a West Branch Floyd River tributary in October 2012. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources later determined the discharge violated state water quality standards and killed about 190,000 fish over an 11-mile stretch.
Scott ordered an additional $23,000 in restitution for the fish kill and the investigation into the cause.
The state Department of Justice says the company admitted to construction and operation permit violations. They will be ordered to submit documents regarding its irrigation system, among other things.