Missouri attorney general sues meat processor for alleged pollution
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has filed a lawsuit against Fruitland American Meat, a small processing plant in southeast Missouri. The complaint alleges that the company has polluted a stream with slaughterhouse waste, reports the Associated Press.
The suit filed Friday in Cape Girardeau County Circuit Court charges Fruitland American Meat in Jackson with water pollution, illegal discharge and reporting failures. The suit says the animal waste discharges resulted in dark brown or red, foamy stream water with an offensive odor. Koster’s office says in a news release that more than 900 fish were killed on one occasion. Koster is seeking a preliminary and permanent injunction prohibiting the company from violating the Missouri Clean Water Law. He’s also seeking a civil penalty of up to $10,000 for each day the alleged violations occurred.
Source: AP via Fox St. Louis