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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Environment - "Randolph County dairy fined over manure spill"

Seth Slabaugh reports today in the Muncie Star-Press:

WINCHESTER -- Union-Go Dairy recently agreed to pay a $2,125 civil penalty for a manure release into Eight Mile Creek and to repair its 20-million-gallon manure lagoon and maintain it in good working order.

Neighbors have complained about giant bubbles in the lagoon's synthetic liner appearing above the surface of the lagoon.

On July 18, 2008, after manure had entered the creek, the dairy failed to report the spill to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management within two hours as required by Indiana law.

The dairy also agreed to demonstrate for six consecutive months that it consistently meets all conditions of its permit and spill-response requirements.

Within 45 days, the dairy also agreed to take actions to ensure that the lagoon liner is efficiently operated and maintained in good working order.

The manure release was unrelated to the problem with the lagoon liner.

The dairy's failure to meet milestone dates will subject it to fines of up to $1,250 a week.

Environmentally Concerned Citizens of Randolph County said last month that the group planned to appeal IDEM's decision approving an expansion of the dairy.

"While the dairy is required to build a new lagoon and repair the old one before expanding, our expert says that the plans for the new lagoon have major flaws," ECCRC reported in a newsletter.

In 2007, Union-Go paid a $5,000 civil penalty to IDEM to settle a complaint that it discharged manure into about two miles of Sparrow Creek.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 15, 2009 01:31 PM
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