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In recent decades, there have been four enforcement orders by the EPD concerning air quality in the Newtown area.

Purina Mills settled for $3,000 in 2002 regarding violations of rules for air quality control.

In 2003, Cargill settled for $5,000 regarding violations of an air quality operation permit.

The EPD settled with Land O’ Lakes Purina for $11,000 in 2007 for problems with the facility’s record-keeping and for malfunctioning equipment.

Cargill settled again in 2017 for $2,053 with the EPD regarding “failure to timely complete tune up of boilers.”

As the activist club approaches nearly eight decades, it is still keeping a watchful eye on the health of its community.

Watson, N. (2020, February 1). How after 70 years, Newtown Florist Club keeps advocating for health of historic black community. Retrieved August 8, 2023, from

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