A farm found guilty of discharging hog waste into a river in North Carolina has been ordered to pay $1 million in restitution to help restore and preserve wetlands in the area, according to a Justice Department news release.
Freedman Farms Inc., of Columbus County, N.C., was found guilty of disposing hog waste into a tributary of the Waccamaw River, which flows through a large wetland, said Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division Ignacia S. Moreno. The farm was found guilty of violating the Clean Water Act and sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay $1.5 million in fines. The farm’s president, William B. Freedman, was sentenced to six months in prison and another six months of house arrest.
“The court-ordered restitution in this case will conserve wetlands for the benefit of the people of North Carolina,” Moreno said, according to a news release. “By enforcing the nation’s environmental laws, we will continue to ensure that concentrated animal feeding operations… operate without threatening our drinking water, the health of our communities and the environment.”