SD Meatpacking Plant Fined For Polluting River
October 10, 2011, 7:12 AM
SIOUX FALLS, SD -
The John Morrell & Co. Meatpacking plant in Sioux Falls has agreed to pay a $44,000 fine for polluting the Big Sioux River.
The company agreed to the civil penalty settlement on Friday with the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The sanctions cover dozens of effluent violations since 2008. In early 2010, the plant was discharging three times the permitted amount of ammonia into the river.
On Thursday, the company was sued in federal court for violations uncovered during an inspection of the hog slaughterhouse.
The alleged violations are the latest signs that the company has been struggling to keep the century-old plant in compliance with environmental rules despite spending millions to upgrade its infrastructure.
© 2011 Associated Press. All rights reserved. Material may not be redistributed.
8/25/2014 2:34 PM
The CEO of Sutton Bay Resort in central South Dakota died after rolling his 2014 Polaris Ranger late Sunday night.
8/24/2014 10:43 AM
31-year-old Bridget Franzen failed to report to a work release job on Saturday, August 23.
8/27/2014 10:54 AM
Faith Rasmussen, 21, and her 55-year-old mother Theresa Rasmussen admit they were bringing marijuana from California to South Dakota and distributing ...
8/27/2014 5:48 PM
Her boyfriend was killed during a botched robbery in December in northwest Sioux Falls. Faith Rasmussen and her mother, Theresa, have now pleaded guil...
8/26/2014 11:31 AM
Authorities in northwest Iowa are investigating a serious crash involving a car and a school bus.