Iowa Attorney General's Office Files Lawsuits, Including One In Dickinson County, Claiming Violations Of One Call Law

Thu 5-9-2019

(Des Moines)-- Attorney General Tom Miller has filed five lawsuits, including one in Dickinson county, alleging contractors conducted illegal excavations that damaged underground utilities in violation of the “Iowa One Call” law.

Miller's office says four of the five cases, including the one in Dickinson county, have been resolved through consent decrees with civil penalties totaling $12,500.

In the Dickinson county case, Miller's office alleged a contractor didn't provide a 48-hour notice and started digging footings for a retaining wall in June, 2018 in Arnolds Park, hitting and damaging a one-inch diameter natural gas line. The contractor agreed to pay a $5,000 civil penalty.

The One Call Law requires anyone who digs, excavates or trenches privately or commercially to first contact the Iowa One Call Center to have underground utilities located.