Orange City, Iowa — A Sioux County judge today ordered a Sioux Center packing company to pay a $54,000 civil penalty for a series of environmental violations tied to its wastewater discharge operations that led to a large fish kill in 2012.
District Court Judge James Scott assessed the penalty against Sioux-Preme Packing Company.
In October of 2012, the company illegally discharged wastewater into a West Branch Floyd River tributary. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources determined that the discharge violated Iowa water quality standards and killed approximately 190,000 fish over an 11-mile stretch.
The company admitted violating its permitted effluent discharge limits, violating environmental monitoring requirements, and other construction and operation permit violations.
The judge ordered Sioux-Preme to pay an additional $23,000 in restitution for the fish kill and investigation into the cause.
The judge also ordered the company to submit engineering documents regarding its irrigation system and an operating permit application for its non-discharge wastewater treatment system.
The court order permanently bars the company from future violations.