Muscatine residents have one day left to decide whether to stay in a lawsuit or opt out

Neighbors could accept a settlement or go through with the lawsuit

MUSCATINE, Iowa - Muscatine residents living near the Grain Processing Corporation have until Monday to decide if they will opt out, or remain in a class action lawsuit against the company. 
In the lawsuit, neighbors state the pollution emitted from the plant has interfered with their lives and even their health. 
Neighbors tell local four news the smell can be unbearable and prevents them from outdoor activities such as cookouts.
They say they still live there because it's what they can afford.
They say lack of money shouldn't come at a cost. 
At the moment residents have two options, stay in the lawsuit or receive a settlement. 
About five thousand residents living 1.5 miles from the plant are eligible to receive up to $33,000. 
There are various requirements including ownership and how long they've lived on the property. 
By opting out of the lawsuit, neighbors will be surrendering their rights to sue in the future.
They're also required to place a permanent easement on their properties. 
The trial is scheduled for next summer. 
 


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