Davenport mobile home park to pay penalty for wastewater treatment violations

Mt. Joy Mobile Home Park
Mt. Joy Mobile Home Park

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – Mt. Joy Mobile Home Park owner will pay a $20,000 penalty to comply with environmental laws.

According to the Iowa Department of Justice, the owner, Peeters Development Company, violated public water supply and wastewater treatment laws. The corporate owner will now pay the civil penalty and agrees to comply with Iowa water supply and wastewater environmental laws and regulations through a court order based on an agreement with Attorney General Tom Miller.

Through a consent decree entered the week of October 17, 2016, by Scott County Senior District Court Judge J. Hobart  Darbyshire, Peeters Development Co. must pay the penalty to the state and is subject to permanent injunction regarding Mt. Joy’s public water supply and wastewater treatment plant operations. The water supply serves approximately 170 people.

The decree involves a lawsuit over a series of violations that occurred between 2013-2015.

Public Water Supply Violations

At the mobile home park’s public water supply system, violations include failing to properly monitor the system, exceeding allowable arsenic levels, failing to notify residents about the excess levels, and failing to notify residents that levels of arsenic, lead, copper, nitrates and coliform bacteria were not properly monitored.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Violations

At the park’s wastewater treatment plant, the violations include failing to properly operate and maintain the plant, failing to retain a properly certified plant operator, and exceeding wastewater effluent limitations.

Injunction Requires Future Environmental Law Compliance

In addition to the civil penalty, the permanent injunction bars Peeters from violating certain environmental laws and regulations at its public water supply and wastewater treatment plants.

At the wastewater treatment plant, the agreement requires Peeters to retain a properly certified plant operator. The company must also retain a professional engineer to assess the plant, submit a compliance plan to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and complete needed improvements by October 1, 2020.

 

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