A corn plant, Grain Procession Corporation, emits so much pollution that it has damaged homes, cars and property across Iowa City, Iowa. As a result, 11 residents filed a lawsuit alleging that the plant spews harmful chemicals and matter for miles as the wind blows. This blankets cars and homes with soot, causing metals in everything from play sets to air conditioning systems to corrode. The residents are seeking class action status on behalf of the 17,000 residents who live within three miles of the plant.
Not only do residents have to frequently clean their belonging, but they also have to breathe this polluted air on a daily basis. Residents waited for years for the company to stop air quality violations, but finally decided to file a lawsuit. The attorney found dangerously high levels of acetaldehyde and sulfuric acid at homes and parks in the area. The lawsuit claims that the company is negligent in trying to stop the pollution and prevents the residents from enjoying their property.
The lawsuit alleges that the plant emitted excess particulate matter and sulfur dioxide, failed to maintain and repair equipment to stop pollution, failed to obtain construction permits and committed other air and water pollution control violations. The plaintiffs are seeking civil penalties along with compliance of the law.