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IA lawsuit alleges damage from manure release


January 6, 2011
By Manure Manager

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January 5, 2011, Des
Moines, IA – Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller recently filed suit against
Callaway Farms, Inc. for water pollution and manure management violations at
the Calloway swine finishing operations in eastern Hamilton County.
January 5, 2011, Des
Moines, IA – Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller recently filed suit against
Callaway Farms, Inc. for water pollution and manure management violations at
the Calloway swine finishing operations in eastern Hamilton County.

The lawsuit, filed on
behalf of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), alleges that from
August 24 to 27, 2009, Callaway Farms failed to retain hog manure that
illegally discharged into the New York Branch of Tipton Creek. The manure
release caused discoloration of the stream water, a strong manure odor, scum
and toxic conditions resulting in a fish kill. The fish kill was observed by a
researcher with St. Cloud State University who was conducting a stream study
during the event. The petition further alleges that Callaway Farms failed to
timely notify the DNR of the release.

Iowa is seeking the
assessment of civil penalties and an injunction against further violations.

Callaway Farms was
previously the subject of an administrative order issued by the DNR in 1996 for
manure application resulting in the killing of more than 46,000 fish in Tipton
Creek.

Callaway Farms, Inc. is a
Georgia corporation with its principal place of business in Rayle, Georgia.


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