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MISSOURI COMPANY TO PAY OVER $1.5 MILLION IN FINES, COSTS, RESTITUTION

Release Date: 02/28/2002
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FOR RELEASE: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2002
MISSOURI COMPANY TO PAY OVER $1.5 MILLION IN FINES, COSTS, RESTITUTION

Luke C. Hester 202-564-7818 / hester.luke@epa.gov


Cargill Pork Inc., which operates a 17,000 pig farming operation in Martinsburg, Mo., pleaded guilty to violating the Clean Water Act and will pay out a total of $1,551,000, including a fine of $1 million, $51,000 in restitution to the State of Missouri for natural resources damages and the costs of investigation and $500,000 in already spent remediation costs. The defendant admitted illegally discharging hog waste from holding ponds at its facility into the Loutre River, which is a tributary of the Missouri River. The discharge occurred due to a failure to properly operate waste management equipment. In addition, no report of the release was made to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. After the release, 53,000 fish were killed along a five mile stretch of the Loutre River. The case was investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division, the Department of Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Missouri Attorney General’s Office with the assistance of EPA’s National Enforcement Investigations Center. The case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in St. Louis.

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