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May 9, 2011

$1.95 million awarded in hog farm suit

Source:  Joplin Globe (MO), May 7, 2011 Posted on: Twelve Barton County plaintiffs, who alleged their way of life was turned upside down when a factory hog farm began operations in 2007 near their rural homes, were awarded $1.95 million in damages Saturday by a jury in Henry County. In closing arguments Friday, the […]

April 11, 2011

OH Egg Producer Fined for Pollution

Read here about an egg producer in Ohio that has been fined as a result of pollution complaints.

March 22, 2011

Herbicide suit has survived 7 judges; lawyer estimates $400M a year is spent removing it from drinking water

Source: Belleville News-Democrat, IL, March 21, 2011 Posted on: Seven years after water districts filed suit against the makers of a farm herbicide, the class-action lawsuit is still mired in legal machinations in Madison County. The Holiday Shores Sanitary District was one of 13 public water districts to file suit against Syngenta, maker of […]

January 18, 2011

New owner of hog farm promises better management

Publication Date 01/15/2011 Source: Sun Journal (New Bern, NC) Posted on: The Jones County hog farm that is the target of a potential lawsuit for alleged pollution of a nearby creek with hog waste has changed hands, and the new owner has also been threatened with the suit. Donald E. Taylor of Pink Hill […]

January 5, 2011

Use of toxic pesticides stirs debate on LI

Publication Date 01/04/2011 Source: Newsday (Melville, NY) Posted on Back in 1979, an insecticide that Suffolk potato farmers used to kill beetles and roundworms turned up in several private water wells. Aldicarb is toxic in large doses, and it wasn’t supposed to leach into groundwater. But it did. Today, decades after the chemical was […]

January 4, 2011

Grape Grower Fighting Pesticides

Read here about a grape grower in Oregon fighting pesticides invading their property from other areas.

August 10, 2010

Fertilizer Contamination

Acknowledgement to XL Environmental THE CLAIM Soil sampling activities at an XL insured’s facility indicated low levels of fertilizer constituent contamination over a large percentage of the site. Sampling results were submitted to the state regulatory agency which required a corrective action plan (CAP) be submitted for approval, subsequent site excavation and remediation. A toxic […]

August 10, 2010

Contamination of Soil and Groundwater

Acknowledgement to XL Environmental THE CLAIM An XL insured retail agricultural-chemical distribution facility selling bulk fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides was inspected by a state environmental protection agency (EPA). The EPA inspection found several fresh spills of liquid and dry fertilizers at various locations around the insured’s property. Soil samples indicated widespread concentrations of nitrates, sulfates, […]

July 27, 2010

Lawsuit Claims Tannery Waste Caused Tumors

A lawsuit accuses a tannery of contaminating farmland with a chemical that caused brain-tumors in residents of a Missouri town.  The tannery is alleged to have used hexavalent chromium to remove hair from hides, and then providing the resulting waste product to area farmers to use as fertilizer. The lawsuit claims thousands of tons of […]

July 27, 2010

Well Contamination May Be Linked to Poultry Farms

Fifty-nine of 74 private water wells in Oklahoma have tested positive for total coliform bacteria, a group of bacteria that indicate environmental pollution. In addition, 17 of those 59 wells tested positive for E. coli, according to the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).  The town suffered a deadly E. coli outbreak that is suspected to […]

July 23, 2010

Poultry Company Settlement Ruffles Feathers

One of thirteen companies named in a 2005 lawsuit claiming the over-application of poultry litter is responsible for contamination in the one-million-acre Illinois River watershed has proposed to pay $120,000 to settle. The settlement has been challenged by the remaining twelve companies, who are demanding clarification on how that figure was determined and how the […]

July 22, 2010

Dairies Facing OSHA Fines

Two dairies in Ohio and Kansas have been fined nearly $420,000 by OSHA for alleged health and safety violations.  OSHA inspections at the Ohio dairy uncovered 11 critical safety violations and 5 willful violations of federal workplace safety standards that included deficiencies with regard to electrical safety, energy lockout procedures and confined space entry procedures. The […]



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