Egg producer to pay fine for pollution
Ritewood Eggs has agreed to pay a US$105,000 fine for its involvement
in polluting the Bear and Cub rivers with millions of gallons of chicken
The Division of Water Quality announced that the company has agreed to pay to
the state of Utah.
Walt Baker, the agency's executive director, said the hefty fine was uncommon
but not unprecedented. "The magnitude of the settlement is higher than we
normally see, but so was the insult to the environment," he said.
Since 1984, the division has handed down seven other six-figure fines, Baker
State officials say employees at the farm are to blame for punching a hole in
a berm that allowed 2 million gallons of liquid waste to flow into an adjacent
field and into a ditch, where it entered the Bear and Cub rivers through a
The spill - which caused increased levels of E. coli bacteria, fecal
coliforms and total coliforms to seep into points along the rivers - didn't have
significant ecological impacts, but reached nearly 2,000 feet
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