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Pig farm to pay $27,000 in pollution settlement

by 5m Editor
1 February 2007, at 9:53am

ILLINOIS - Operators of a swine facility in McDonough County will pay a $27,000 fine for air and water pollution violations outlined in a 2006 lawsuit, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced Tuesday.

Madigan said the agreement resolves odor and incinerator problems at the site in rural Colmar. Madigan's office filed the suit in October.

"This proposed settlement will address several alleged shortcomings that had become nuisances to the neighbors of this operation," Madigan said in a news release.

Under the agreement, Pinnacle Genetics LLC of Camp Point and Professional Swine Management LLC of Carthage will pay $27,000 for livestock waste violations and other infractions of environmental laws. The two companies operate a 3,400-head production facility near Colmar, which is about 20 miles southwest of Macomb.

The site includes an incinerator for dead swine as well as confinement buildings, a truck wash facility and a variety of structures for manure handling.

Under the agreement, Pinnacle and Professional Swine Management have made several operation alterations, including eliminating all open burning.

The two companies are also no longer storing manure stacks along an access road and have installed a storage tank for liquid waste with a 120-day capacity, Madigan's office said.

Source: PJStar.com

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