DNR penalizes company for work at landfill

A company that used to mine gypsum at the regional landfill south of Fort Dodge has been penalized by state environmental regulators.

Quarry Services Inc., of Fort Dodge, paid a $5,000 administrative penalty as the result of a consent order it entered with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, according to information released by the state agency Thursday.

State environmental inspectors reported that the company failed to get a storm water discharge permit for its operation at the landfill.

”That’s all history and settled,” Wayne Krug, the president of the company, said Thursday evening. ”It was paid a long time ago.”

The North Central Iowa Regional Solid Waste Agency, which runs the landfill and nearby recycling center, has been the subject of critical attention by state officials recently. A report released by the office of Auditor of State Mary Mosiman indicated that the agency failed to use the proper bidding process when awarding a $955,694 contract to the son of the former landfill director.

The auditor’s report also stated that the agency failed to have an appraisal done before selling some land and violated its own rules by apparently failing to have the full board of directors vote on that 2012 sale.

Krug said his company operated an open pit mine to remove gypsum from land that was slated to become a new section of the regional landfill. The mining had been underway for about four years before it stopped in March 2013.

According to Department of Natural Resources documents, on Feb. 7, 2013, an inspector spotted a trench in the open pit mine that carried storm water and ground water into Gypsum Creek. That month, the department issued a violation notice to the company.