Illinois EPA fines: Greenville Livestock accused of Clean Water Act violations

Illinois environmental attorney alert: Greenville Livestock of Centralia fined $40,000 for Clean Water Act violations – improper discharges.

07/13/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, USA // Tara Monks // Tara Monks

Centralia, IL – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 issued ordered Greenville Livestock Inc. to pay a $40,000 fine for its failure to comply with the Clean Water Act. The summons was announced through a press release from the EPA Friday, July 9, 2010.

According to the release, Greenville Livestock Inc., of Centralia, Illinois, was previously ordered to stop all unauthorized discharges and apply to the Illinois EPA for a permit to discharge its wastewater.

Greenville Livestock is a concentrated animal feeding operation in the Kashaskia River watershed. It houses over 1,000 cattle.

An investigation conducted by the EPA found that Greenville did not use the best management practices to prevent the discharge of animal production waste and manure. It was also discovered that Greenville did not hold a Clean Water Act permit to discharge such wastes.

EPA Water Division Director Tinka G. Hyde explained, “When pollutants from livestock manure and other animal production waste discharge into waterways, they can create a threat to public health and harm water resources.” The Kashaskia River watershed is located in the middle of the state.

The press release concludes, “Manure and wastewater from animal feeding operations have the potential to contribute pollutants such as nitrogen and phosphorus, organic matter, sediments and pathogens to the environment. Stopping unauthorized discharges may require a facility to build larger waste storage structures or change waste and material handling practices.”

Media Information:

Address: Centralia, Illinois
Phone: (866) 598-1315

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