Iroquois County hog farm fined for waste release

Iroquois County hog farm fined for waste release

BUCKLEY — An Iroquois County swine facility has agreed to pay more than $81,000 in fines to the state for illegally discharging livestock waste into a rural creek in 2009.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced an agreement Monday with R3E, a limited liability corporation, at 985 N County Road 200 E in rural Iroquois County, for killing for than 110,000 fish across more than 19 miles of Spring Creek and one of its tributaries.

Under the agreement, R3E must pay $17,500 in civil penalties to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

In addition, R3E must pay $63,782 to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for the value of fish killed by the waste discharge.

According to Robyn Ziegler, a spokeswoman for the attorney general's office, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency notified the Illinois EPA on July 20, 2009, that liquid swine manure from the R3E's manure holding ponds left the holding pond on July 19, 2009, and reached a drainage tile below the surface, flowing from there into a tributary of Spring Creek.

Within 12 hours, an estimated 200,000 gallons of liquid manure was released into the tributary. The contamination continued downstream for several miles, killing fish and other aquatic life, Ziegler said.

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