Overton feedlot sentenced in Clean Water Act violations

Central Feeders, Inc. a cattle feeding operation near Overton has been sentenced in U.S. District Court for a misdemeanor violation of the federal Clean Water Act. On at least four separate occasions between April of 2011 and April of 2012 the US District Attorney's Office says livestock waste was negligently discharged from the feedlot into Mud Creek, a tributary of the Platte River. The discharges did not result in any fish kills and no environmental clean-up costs were noted.

Senior Judge Richard Kopf sentenced Central Feeders to a 3 year term of probation and imposed a fine of $20,000. During probation Central Feeders, Inc. will be required to abide by a compliance plan to be monitored by the United States Probation Office and the Environmental Protection Agency to eliminate violations of the Clean Water Act.

In addition to the criminal penalty Central Feeders, Inc. has negotiated a civil penalty with the Environmental Protection Agency. That penalty is subject to publication and final approval. It's anticipated that the civil penalty will be $38,911.

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