Alabama hog farm operator settles environmental suit

ALABAMA - A DeKalb County hog farmer has reached a $100,000 settlement in a lawsuit filed by an environmental group claiming the large-scale operation created a foul odor and polluted a creek.
calendar icon 23 June 2006
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Whitaker and Sons LLC of Henagar, without admitting any wrongdoing, agreed to pay Willard Jones and the Sierra Club and work to reduce the smell by planting trees and vegetation around the farm and the barn.

"It's a victory for clean water in northern Alabama," Mark Martin, the Birmingham attorney for the plaintiffs, told the Montgomery Advertiser for a story Thursday.

Jarred Taylor, a Birmingham attorney representing the farm owners, said they settled because it would have cost more in attorneys' fees and expert testimony to go to trial.

Source: Times Daily

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