Residents of Muscatine, Iowa have filed a lawsuit against Grain Processing Corp., which they allege emits so much pollution that homes, cars, and buildings across the city have been damaged. According to the Huffington Post, residents say that the plant, which makes corn-based products, spews toxic chemicals and particulate matter into the air that then travels for miles with the wind.
Recent testing at homes and public parks showed extremely high levels of acetaldehyde and sulfuric acid, among other chemicals.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) views acetaldehyde as a probable human carcinogen, which also causes irritation to the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract. Inhalation of sulfuric acid can result in irritation and harm the respiratory system as well.
The lawsuit, filed by 11 residents, is seeking class-action status for approximately 17,000 people who live within three miles of the plant.
The EPA issued a notice of violation in March claiming that GPC repeatedly violated the limits on the thickness of discharges at its smoke stacks and committed other violations.
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