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FEDERAL INVESTIGATION OF CITY WASTEWATER PLANT (UPDATE)

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UPDATED 2:55 PM12/5/16

AUTHORITIES HAVE CONFIRMED THAT A SEARCH WARRANT WAS SERVED LAST WEEK TO OBTAIN COMPUTER DATA FROM THE CITY OF SIOUX CITY REGARDING AN INVESTIGATION AROUND PAST DISCREPANCIES AT THE CITY’S WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT.

TONY MORFITT OF THE U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF IOWA SAYS THE WARRANT WAS SERVED LAST THURSDAY.

MORFITT SAYS THE INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING AND NO CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED AT THIS TIME.

THE WARRANT WAS SERVED AT THE JOINT CITY-COUNTY TECHNOLOGY CENTER LOCATED IN THE WOODBURY COUNTY COURTHOUSE.

ATTORNEY GUY COOK IS REPRESENTING THE CITY IN THE INVESTIGATION.

HE SAYS THE CITY IS WORKING COLLABORATIVELY WITH FEDERAL AUTHORITIES TO PROVIDE THE DATA THEY ARE SEEKING.

COOK SAYS THE CITY PREVIOUSLY TOOK IMMEDIATE REMEDIAL ACTION AFTER THE ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES CAME TO LIGHT RELATING TO THE TREATMENT OF WASTE WATER.

THAT INVOLVED IMPROPER MANIPULATION OF THE CHLORINE FEED AT THE PLANT FROM MARCH 2012 THROUGH JUNE OF 2015 THAT ALLOWED IMPROPERLY TREATED WASTEWATER TO BE DISCHARGED INTO THE MISSOURI RIVER.

TWO SUPERVISORS WERE DISMISSED FROM THEIR JOBS AND SURRENDERED THEIR PROFESSIONAL LICENSES.

COOK SAYS THE CITY IS NOW IN FULL COMPLIANCE WITH ALL WASTE WATER REGULATIONS.
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FEDERAL AUTHORITIES HAVE CONFIRMED THAT A SEARCH WARRANT WAS SERVED LAST WEEK TO OBTAIN COMPUTER DATA FROM THE CITY OF SIOUX CITY REGARDING AN INVESTIGATION.

THAT INVESTIGATION IS BELIEVED TO CENTER AROUND PAST DISCREPANCIES AT THE CITY’S WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT.

TONY MORFITT OF THE U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF IOWA SAYS THE WARRANT WAS SERVED LAST THURSDAY, BUT DID NOT PROVIDE DETAILS ABOUT WHAT THE INVESTIGATION CONCERNED.

MORFITT SAYS THE INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING AND NO CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED AT THIS TIME.

THE WARRANT WAS SERVED AT THE JOINT CITY-COUNTY TECHNOLOGY CENTER LOCATED IN THE WOODBURY COUNTY COURTHOUSE.

CITY OFFICIALS SAY THEY ARE COOPERATING WITH THE INVESTIGATION BUT AREN’T COMMENTING FURTHER.