- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

NORA SPRINGS, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Natural Resources Department has fined Nora Springs $6,000 for violating discharge limits set in its wastewater permit.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1llz10S ) that the department also has informed city officials that a new sewage plant must be built by October 2020.

City administrator Deb Gaul says the city has hired a contractor to improve the plant and that city officials are working with the state to see whether the fine can be reduced.

The Natural Resources Department says the violations go back to 2010, when sewage fungus was found below the plant’s discharge pipe in the Shell Rock River. The department says the fungus is a sign of inadequately treated wastewater.

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

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