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Iowans sue corn plant over pollution

Claim soot from the plant regularly covers the city

When many people think “Iowa,” they also think “corn,” and for good reason—the state produces a hefty percentage of the nation’s corn supply. But some Iowans are getting fed up with this foodstuff, claiming that a local corn plant’s pollution is damaging people’s homes, cars and property.

The Grain Processing Corp. (GPC) plant in Muscatine, Iowa, makes several types of corn products, including alcohol, cornstarch and corn oil. The lawsuit, which 11 residents filed on Monday, alleges that the plant is also producing soot, and too much of it at that. The plaintiffs allege that the soot frequently blankets houses and cars across the city.

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