The United States Attorney's Office and Dakota Pork Industries has reached a plea agreement involving the processor and wastewater permit violations.
 
Located in Mitchell, S.D., the ham and bacon plant, at one time employed about 295 people. The company closed the plant in January 2006 due to business conditions unrelated to the violations, say Dakota Pork officials.

According to U.S. Attorney Marty Jackley, lawyers for both parties have agreed to a settlement that requires the company to pay a $50,000-fine. The agreement also asks a federal judge to authorize Dakota Pork to make restitution to the City of Mitchell worth $175,000-- of which the company has reportedly paid.

"Dakota Pork regrets that several employees were involved in falsifying records and tampering with a wastewater monitoring device," Carl Kuehne, Dakota Pork chief executive officer, said in a released statement.

Source: Dakota Pork Industries