The Ottumwa Courier

January 24, 2013

Chamness fined $100,000

Company to serve 2 years of probation

Ottumwa Courier

EDDYVILLE — Chamness Technology, Inc. of Eddyville was sentenced Wednesday to pay a $100,000 fine for the discharge of a pollutant.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Ross A. Walters also sentenced the company to serve a term of two years supervised probation, which includes conditions that CTI perform community service and develop a compliance and ethic program. The court also imposed a $125 crime victim fund assessment.

On Nov. 1, 2010, the Iowa Division of Natural Resources responded to a complaint of a discharge in the Palestine Creek in Wapello County. An investigation revealed that leachate water and storm water runoff had been discharged from an umbilical hose at CTI’s compost facility located outside Eddyville. The U.S. Department of Justice noted a CTI employee caused the discharge by failing to attach the umbilical hose and ensure the umbilical hose was connected to a spray irrigator at the facility. The leachate water and storm water runoff entered the Palestine Creek and flowed to the Des Moines River.

The discharge was not permitted and the employee acted within the scope of employment and intended at least in part to benefit CTI through the employee’s actions, officials said.