A pork producer in eastern Illinois has agreed to pay more than $80,000 in fine for spilling more than 200,000 gallons of manure in a creek, killing more than 110,000 fish across nearly 20 miles of the creek and a tributary.
The agreement between the Iroquois County producer and Attorney General Lisa Madigan was announced earlier this week in a news release. Their agreement partially resolves a complained filed in February 2010 by Attorney General Madigan.
Under the agreement, owners of R3E, LLC must pay must pay $17,500 in civil penalties to the Illinois EPA's Environmental Protection Trust Fund and $63,782 to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for the value of the aquatic life destroyed by waste discharge.
"We value the vast natural resources we have here in Illinois," Attorney General Madigan said in a news release. "It is critical that we protect our water and wildlife and ensure that these precious resources are restored whenever they have been polluted."
The Attorney General's office continues to pursue natural resource damage claims for the costs of restoring the stream.
Source: Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan news release