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Owners of swine facility agree to settlement

by 5m Editor
1 February 2007, at 10:59am

ILLINOIS - Owners of a McDonough County swine facility will pay a civil penalty and continue to bring operations into compliance with air and water pollution laws as a resolution to a 2006 environmental lawsuit.

Under terms of a proposed settlement, filed with the Illinois Pollution Control Board and announced Tuesday, Pinnacle Genetics LLC of Camp Point and Professional Swine Management of Carthage will pay a $27,000 penalty to resolve livestock waste violations and other violations of environmental laws alleged in an October 2006 complaint.

Pinnacle Genetics and Professional Swine Management jointly operate a 3,400-head production facility north of Colmar. The site includes an incinerator for dead swine, a truck wash facility and various manure handling structures in addition to offices and swine confinement buildings.

"This proposed settlement will address several alleged shortcomings that had become nuisances to the neighbors of this operation," Attorney General Lisa Madigan said in a news release.