Roquette America has agreed to pay a $4.1 million penalty to settle allegations that it repeatedly dumped industrial waste into the Mississippi River in Keokuk.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced that Roquette will also be required to take other steps that could cost more than $17 million to upgrade its sewer and wastewater treatment plant.
Government officials say the Keokuk facility had over a thousand permit violations and dumped at least 250,000 gallons of industrial waste. (Click here to view the complete report from the USDOJ)
In a release, Roquette says they are working to address environmental concerns and have entered a consent decree with regulators.
Below is the full release from Roquette America:
Roquette America, Inc. (Roquette) has entered into a Consent Decree with the U. S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency in settlement of permitting-related issues involving Roquette's plant in Keokuk, Iowa.
Roquette, the Department of Justice, and the Environmental Protection Agency worked collaboratively to address environmental concerns at the Keokuk plant and to establish corrective actions for the company going forward.
The Consent Decree resolves environmental incidents, establishes a set of environmental best practices for the company going forward, and addresses improvements to waste treatment operations at the Keokuk facility. Prior to entering into this Consent Decree, Roquette made a $30 million commitment to these and a number of other capital improvements designed to modernize the existing plant and assure compliance with all relevant environmental standards.
Roquette remains committed to the highest standards of environmental protection.
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