State files environmental lawsuit against landfill

ORANGE CITY, Iowa (AP) — The state has filed a lawsuit against a northwest Iowa landfill alleging trash was dumped in an area without the required environmental safeguards.

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller says in a statement Thursday that he’s sued the Northwest Iowa Area Solid Waste Agency in Sioux County. The agency operates a landfill four miles south of Sheldon.

The lawsuit says the agency illegally dumped 300,000 tons of trash in an area without a liner or a collection system for runoff as required by Iowa law. Miller also alleges the agency began construction on two areas without permits from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The landfill’s attorney, James Brick says no spills occurred and the lawsuit is focused on permit issues. He says the landfill will challenge the allegations in court.

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