State seeks settlement with Eaton hog farmer

US - Prosecutors and state officials are trying to negotiate a settlement with a hog farmer accused of violating environmental laws.
calendar icon 3 December 2007
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A Delaware Circuit Court judge has set a conference for Dec. 12 in the criminal and civil case involving Jacobus Tielen, 39, of rural Eaton.

Judge John Feick rescheduled the meeting after Tielen and his attorney did not show up at one scheduled earlier this week.

Tielen is accused of knowingly, intentionally or recklessly violating an environmental management law, rule, standard, permit or order in operating his farm about 10 miles north of Muncie.

The farm has a history of manure spills, including fish kills in February 1999 and July 2004 that followed manure releases that flowed into a nearby creek.

Tielen is accused of failing to maintain the required minimum distance between the manure level in his farm's lagoon and the top of the lagoon.

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