According to the Fayetteville [North Carolina] Observer, a Columbus County hog farm’s $1 million fine to aid wetlands preservation. A wetlands preservation organization plans to use $1 million in restitution from a Columbus County, North Carolina hog farm to buy and preserve wetlands in southeastern North Carolina, the Fayetteville Observer reported July 26.
Freedman Farms violated the Clean Water Act by dumping waste into a creek from a 4,800-hog operation near Clarkton, federal authorities said. The $1 million is to be paid over the next 5 years, the U.S. Department of Justice said July 25.
The federal government will give the money to the N.C. Coastal Land Trust, which plans to buy wetlands in the Waccamaw watershed to protect them from development. The land will be held in perpetuity as part of the State park system. Freedman Farms was also fined $500,000, of which $75,000 will go to the Southern Environmental Enforcement Network, an organization that provides environmental law enforcement training and information sharing.
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