IA man ordered to pay $2,500 for dumping, burning

KANAWHA, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has fined a Kanawha man $2,500 for illegal open dumping and open burning.

The Mason City Globe Gazette says (http://bit.ly/16iCYuz) Bernard Michaelson was ordered to pay the fine for violation at his Kanawha salvage yard.

The department says that in October 2010, officials discovered four active burn piles that contained tires, insulation, wood and garbage, among other things. A violation notice was issued later that month.

In June 2011, Michelson submitted a receipt showing that he had cleaned up the site, but the department says a follow-up visit to the site uncovered a small burn pile and about a dozen appliances in another pile.

The DNR says it has visited the site 12 times since 1997 to investigate open burning and open dumping.

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Information from: Globe Gazette, http://www.globegazette.com/

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