- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

ORANGE CITY, Iowa (AP) - A northwest Iowa waste company has paid a $100,000 fine for illegally dumping trash into its landfill in Sheldon.

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller’s office said Thursday that the Northwest Iowa Area Solid Waste Agency made the payment in a lawsuit filed in 2013 on behalf of the state Department of Natural Resources. A judge approved the payment Wednesday.

According to the lawsuit, the company dumped 300,000 tons of solid waste over a six-month period into unauthorized landfill cells at the Northwest Iowa Area Sanitary Landfill. The lawsuit claims the cells had no liners or water collection systems, as required by state law.

The lawsuit also alleges the agency began construction without first obtaining state permits.

The company says a contracted engineer had affirmed that the landfill was in compliance.

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