By Mary Pieper
DES MOINES | Two North Iowa businesses have been assessed civil penalties for violations of Iowa’s One Call law.
Iowa Drainage Inc. of Sheffield was ordered to pay a $7,000 and Malmin LLC of Osage was ordered to pay $1,500.
In a lawsuit filed in September, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller stated Iowa Drainage conducted an excavation on March 30 to install drainage tile in Franklin County without providing a 48-hour notice to the owners and operators of underground facilities.
The company’s tiling equipment hit and damaged a natural gas pipeline.
Malmin LLC conducted an excavation on May 8 and May 11 to remove cement and prepare an area in Mitchell County for new cement without first contacting the Iowa One Call notification center, according to Miller.
During the excavations the company’s equipment came to within 18 to 24 inches of a two-inch natural gas line and within 10 feet of a one-inch natural gas line, the lawsuit stated.
Information from globegazette.com