Area cattle feeder will pay penalty for pollution

IOWA - A Sioux County cattle feeding operation has agreed to pay a $40,000 penalty for water pollution violations after releasing manure into a tributary of Six Mile Creek this year and last year.
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Farmers Cooperative Society agreed to the penalty in an order entered Dec. 11 in Sioux County District Court, according to a news release from the Iowa Attorney General's Office. The co-op's manager, Ken Ehrp, could not be reached for comment Monday.

The state alleged in a lawsuit that Farmers Cooperative Society discharged manure into the creek's unnamed tributary on Sept. 22, 2005, and March 31, 2006. The state alleged Farmers Cooperative failed to notify the state's Department of Natural Resources of the release last year.

According to the lawsuit, Farmers Cooperative applied manure within 200 feet of another creek without injecting or incorporating it into the soil.

Source: Sioux City Journal

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