RT ECP: Agriculture

December 4, 2023

Contaminated groundwater at Weaver Fertilizer property “likely” moving off the site

Source: https://ncnewsline.com/, December 4, 2023 By: Lisa Sorg Nearly two years after a catastrophic fire at the Weaver Fertilizer plant in Winston-Salem, contaminated groundwater at the site has “likely migrated offsite to the west and north,” state records show, and “more groundwater investigation is necessary.” The groundwater beneath the property at 4440 N. Cherry St., contains high […]

August 21, 2023

Natural Resource Damage – Wastewater

Source: Distinguished Programs A large dairy farm’s wastewater lagoon failed in a large storm event. This resulted in the release of over 1,000,000 gallons of wastewater containing animal waste  to the surrounding area, with discharges reaching a nearby stream. Cleanup costs and associated natural resource damages exceeded $200,000.

July 12, 2023

For decades, SC farmers have fertilized fields with sludge. It could be having toxic impacts

Source: https://www.thestate.com/, July 12, 2023 By: Sammy Fretwell and Susan Merriam For years, farmers across South Carolina have used sludge from factories and sewage plants to fertilize the fields where crops grow and cattle graze. Applied to thousands of acres since the 1990s, the sludge is billed as a cheap way to enrich the soil. […]

April 14, 2023

DC-based green group sues Jefferson County dairy farm

Source: https://www.wskg.org/, April 12, 2023 By: David Sommerstein A national environmental not-for-profit is suing a Jefferson County dairy farm, claiming its manure is polluting the St. Lawrence River. The owner of Wood Farms says the lawsuit is meritless, and the state Department of Environmental Conservation appears to be on the farmer’s side. Read more.

March 28, 2023

Kinnard Farms agrees to $215K settlement tied to alleged environmental violations

Source: https://www.wpr.org/, March 27, 2023 By: Rich Kremer State lawmakers will consider a $215,000 settlement offer from Kinnard Farms Tuesday, the agreement tied to allegations the business violated regulations while spreading manure in Kewaunee and Door Counties. If approved, it would mark a total of nearly $600,000 in settlements between the Wisconsin Department of Justice […]

March 6, 2023

Maine dairy farm coming out of toxic nightmare from ‘forever chemicals’

Source: https://www.newscentermaine.com/, March 2, 2023 By: Vivien Leigh More than 50 farms across Maine have been flagged by regulators as having some type of contamination from toxic chemicals known as PFAS. The industrial compounds were in wastewater sludge trucked to farms and used as fertilizer, leaching into well water and soil for decades. Read more.

May 31, 2022

Cannon PFAS destroyed longtime Clovis farmer’s dairy

Source: https://www.abqjournal.com/, May 28, 2022 By: Theresa Davis Art Schaap remembers the day in 2018 when people from Cannon Air Force Base knocked on his front door and asked to test his water. The Clovis dairy farmer had seen airmen use firefighting foam during training exercises. But he soon learned that toxic chemicals from that […]

May 13, 2022

‘Forever Chemicals’ May Have Polluted 20 million Acres of US Cropland, Study Says

Source: https://www.earthisland.org/, May 10, 2022 By: Tom Perkins About 20 million acres of cropland in the United States may be contaminated from PFAS-tainted sewage sludge that has been used as fertilizer, a new report estimates. PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are a class of about 9,000 compounds used to make products heat-, water-, or […]

May 10, 2022

‘Forever Chemicals’ and Risks to Farms

Source: https://www.dtnpf.com/, May 9, 2022 By: Chris Clayton  Jason Grostic looks over his mama cows and wonders how he became the guy that the state of Michigan has shut down from selling either his meat or his cattle because of contamination from “forever chemicals.” After working with state officials to test biosolids for more than […]

May 9, 2022

‘Forever chemicals’ may have polluted 20m acres of US cropland, study says

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/, May 8, 2022 By: Tom Perkins About 20m acres of cropland in the United States may be contaminated from PFAS-tainted sewage sludge that has been used as fertilizer, a new report estimates. PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are a class of about 9,000 compounds used to make products heat-, water- or stain-resistant. […]

January 5, 2022

Chicken waste stench raising stink among neighbors Hidden Valley Farms spreads poultry sludge

Source: Birmingham News, January 2, 2022\ Posted on: https://www.advisen.com/ Janice Williams thought something was dead near her Morgan County home based on the smell, but she couldn’t decide what it was. “I thought the dogs might have killed an armadillo. I searched the yard for an armadillo, but then I found out where the smell […]

March 26, 2020

Who Pays When Remediation Goes Wrong? A Federal Court’s Evaluation of Contractor Liability

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (“CERCLA”) has been a prodigious generator of litigation for decades. First, the government sought to compel potentially responsible parties (“PRPs”) to clean up contaminated sites. Then, those PRPs who were found liable or who settled with the government sought contribution from other PRPs. Now, even after these […]


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