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Missouri Hog Farm Owner Admits to Negligent Sewage Discharge

Release Date: 05/22/2003
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John Millett 202-564-7842/

    (05/22/03) In the U.S. District Court in St. Louis, Brian Nobis, owner of the Nobis Hog Farm in Holliday, Mo., pled guilty on May 12 to negligently discharging sewage from a sewage treatment lagoon into a tributary of the Middle Fork of the Salt River. The discharge of sewage into surface waters can make them hazardous to fish and wildlife and can also make them unfit for recreational and drinking water uses. Nobis faces a maximum possible sentence of up to one year in prison and/or a fine of up to $100,000. The defendant has already agreed to a $33,000 civil settlement, $28,000 of which will be suspended if he implements improved environmental practices. The case was investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. It is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in St. Louis