Premium Standard Settles on Wastewater Treatment Concerns

Date: November 22, 2001

Source: News Room

Premium Standard Farms, the nation's second-largest hog producer, will pay a $350,000 fine and spend millions on cleaner wastewater treatment at its Missouri farms under a settlement. The agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Citizens Legal Environmental Action Network settles all environmental claims brought by those groups against Premium Standard, including claims that it violated the Clean Water Act for allegedly discharging pollutants into rivers and streams. Officials with the Missouri Attorney General's Office said the state did not sign on to the settlement so it could "preserve its options'' on recent waste spills it was investigating.

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