An Indiana company that paints recreational vehicles in two northern Iowa cities was ordered to pay $141,200 in civil penalties for violating state air pollution regulations.
The Associated Press reported that CDI LLC, of Elkhart, Ind., a custom painter for Winnebago motorhomes, had agreed to the fine to settle a lawsuit filed last week by the Iowa attorney general’s office.
Hancock County District Court Judge Stephen Carroll entered an order Tuesday for CDI to pay the fine.
The lawsuit alleged that CDI illegally constructed equipment at Forest City and Charles City facilities without first obtaining the required air quality construction permits from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The lawsuit also alleged that CDI failed to comply with permit limits on emitting volatile organic compounds from the facility in Forest City.
“Air quality construction permits must be obtained from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) before the construction, installation, or modification of equipment that will emit air pollutants,” Iowa Attorney General Tom 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 and the DNR has granted modifications to the permits allowing for increased emissions.
The court order says CDI must not exceed its new air quality emission limits.