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For immediate release - Tuesday, May 30, 2006.
Contact Eric Tabor -- 515-281-5191, or Dave Sheridan -- 515-281-5351.

RV Painting Company in Forest City and Charles City Pays $141,200 Civil Penalty

Attorney General's lawsuit alleged air pollution violations at RV painting facilities.

DES MOINES. An Indiana-based company, CDI, was today ordered to pay a $141,200 civil penalty for air pollution violations at its recreational vehicle painting facilities in Forest City and Charles City in northern Iowa after a lawsuit by Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller.

Hancock County District Court Judge Stephen P. Carroll today ordered the paymentto resolve the Attorney General's lawsuit, which was filed May 25th. The terms of the order had previously been agreed to by CDI, the Department of Natural Resources and the Attorney General's Office.

The lawsuit by the Environmental Law Division of the Attorney General's office alleged that CDI illegally constructed equipment at both the Forest City and Charles City facilities without first obtaining the required air quality construction permits. The suit also alleged that CDI failed to comply with permit limits on emitting volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the facility in Forest City.

"Air quality construction permits must be obtained from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources before the construction, installation, or modification of equipment that will emit air pollutants," Miller said. "These permits establish requirements such as emission limits and reporting requirements for the business."

CDI has now obtained permits for the equipment at both facilities. After an extensive review the DNR has granted modifications to those permits allowing for increased VOC emissions. The Court order permanently enjoins CDI from violations of its new VOC emission limits.

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