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Local excavating company fined for alleged Iowa One Call violation


DES MOINES (KWWL) -- An Eastern Iowa excavating company has been fined for an alleged Iowa One Call violation.

According to Attorney General Tom Miller's office, on December 1, 2009, David W. Recker Excavating, L.L.C., located in Buchanan County, did not provide 48-hours of a planned excavation to reshape a waterway.

During the course of the excavation, Miller's office says a bulldozer crossed directly over a 36-inch diameter natural gas pipeline under 1,926 psi pressure and within 50 feet of a 12-inch diameter hazardous liquids pipeline under 600 psi pressure.

Under a proposed consent decree, Recker will pay a $5,000 civil penalty and be enjoined against further violations.

Miller says that by not following the guidelines they threatened the integrity of gas or hazardous materials pipelines that could have jeopardized the safety of the crews and could have been an expensive and inconvenient service disruption to the public.

"Iowa's One Call law is simple. You call before you dig," said Miller in a written statement.

Iowa law requires that any person, homeowner, professional, public or private entity, planning to engage in any form of excavation within the state of Iowa, must notify the Iowa One Call notification system, at 1-800-292-8989 or 811, at least 48 hours prior to excavating.

The One Call law authorizes civil penalties of up to $10,000 per day of violation, plus injunctive relief. Miller's office has resolved the suits with each of the defendants, subject to court approval of the proposed consent decrees. 

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