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Geoff Greenwood, Communications Director
515-281-6699, geoff.greenwood@iowa.gov
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, August 6, 2010

Truck Stop Ordered to Upgrade Wastewater Treatment, Pay Penalty

(DES MOINES, Iowa)  Hamilton County District Court Judge Michael J. Moon has ordered Welch Oil, Inc. to upgrade the wastewater treatment system at the Boondocks Truck Stop in Williams and pay a $5,000 penalty.  Welch Oil owns and operates the truck stop.
 
Last year, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller filed a lawsuit against Welch Oil and Boondocks U.S.A, Inc.  Boondocks U.S.A., Inc. has been dismissed as a defendant.  The lawsuit alleged that Welch Oil illegally discharged wastewater to a tributary of the Skunk River.  The lawsuit also alleged that Welch Oil failed to comply with monitoring requirements for its public water supply.
 
Under a consent decree filed today, Welch Oil must upgrade the truck stop’s wastewater treatment facility by October 15. The judge also ordered Welch Oil to comply with monitoring and reporting requirements for its public water supply.

“We are pleased that this matter has been resolved,” said Miller.  “More importantly, we are pleased that the company will ensure future compliance by upgrading its wastewater treatment system.  This enforcement action will help protect the public and the environment.”

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