Beef Co. Pays $1.3M Over Neb. River Pollution

Law360, New York (June 16, 2011, 6:23 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Nebraska slapped a beef company with $1.3 million in civil penalties Thursday, alleging that its Grand Island, Neb., slaughterhouse contaminated a nearby river with blood, ammonia, oil and other pollutants.

Swift Beef Co., a subsidiary of the world's largest beef producer, JBS SA, signed a consent decree agreeing to pay $600,000 to the EPA and $700,000 to the state.

The EPA and Nebraska filed a joint complaint Thursday, the same day as the settlement, saying Swift Beef violated its discharge...
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