Iowa State sues Sioux City over wastewater treatment project


SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – The state of Iowa has filed a lawsuit against Sioux City, alleging it misled state officials by manipulating test results and dumping polluted water into the Missouri River.

The alleged trial between March 15, 2012 and June 8, 2015, the Sioux City wastewater treatment facility would properly disinfect wastewater discharges only on days when samples of E. coli contamination were taken and submitted to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Authorities allege that the program was an attempt by the city to increase its processing capacity without significant capital investment.

“The city has potentially endangered life and wildlife by violating water quality rules and committing fraud to cover up the actions of its employees,” said Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller , who filed a complaint in Woodbury County on behalf of the state and the DNR.

The state is asking the court to impose a civil fine of up to $ 5,000 for each day of violation and to issue a permanent injunction preventing the city from committing further violations of state law and his processing permit. According to the lawsuit, the city continues to violate permit limits for ammonia and chlorine.

The state suspended this case against Sioux City in 2016 while a federal investigation was underway. Former processing plant manager Jay Niday recently pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and forgery or providing inaccurate information. Last year he was sentenced to three months in prison and fined $ 6,000. Patrick Schwarte, a former supervisor, also pleaded guilty to similar charges and was sentenced to two years probation and a fine of $ 5,000.

This is a developing story. We will have more information as it becomes available.

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