Hog Nuisance Lawsuit Quashed

by 5m Editor
25 January 2008, at 8:36am

IOWA - A nuisance lawsuit against a pig production business, believed to be among the first of its kind in Iowa, has favoured the farmer's plight.

A Polk County jury has ruled in favour of producers Tim and Glenna Camp, who own a 300-head hog farm in Madison County, as they had been complying with environmental rules and regulations when they were sued by neighbours.

A report in AgriNews said the plaintiffs, Wayne, Barb and Briana Tetzlaff, filed the lawsuit in 2003 seeking damages for health problems they claimed were the result of being exposed to pig manure applied to fields near their home. They claimed that the hydrogen sulfide gas released as the manure decomposed was causing poor health.

This case is believed to be one of the first in Iowa on health issues and exposure to livestock manure.

In this case the court allowed the pork producer to rely on the state's statutory nuisance defense, which provides protection for livestock producers who follow the law.

Brian Rickert, the defendant attorney, said this was possible another legal first for Iowa state.

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