- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - State environmental regulators have delayed a decision about whether to refer Sioux City to the Iowa Attorney General for consideration of penalties for emitting improperly treated sewage with high levels of harmful bacteria into the Missouri River.

The Iowa Environmental Protection Commission was scheduled to consider the referral at its meeting Tuesday but a spokesman says it’s been postponed to June at the request of city officials.

Sioux City could face heavy environmental penalties for discharging sewage between March 2012 and June 2015 in violation of state law and 12 federal permit regulations.

In July 2015 two plant supervisors admitted they manipulated water test results to make it appear city water had lower bacteria levels.

The attorney general has authority to levy much higher environmental penalties against serious violators.

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