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Smithfield Foods

Raleigh, NC: (Mar-13-07) Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork producer, reached a settlement in an environmental protection lawsuit filed by the state of North Carolina in 2000, in which it agreed to pay the state $50 million over 25 years to improve the environment. The money was offered after hog waste lagoons overflowed and polluted rivers and streams as a result of Hurricane Floyd in 1999. Under the terms of the settlement, farmers will get clean-up animal waste lagoons with help from more than $1.3 million in grants from Smithfield. NC State University will get $15 million to develop new technologies for processing and treating hog waste, North Carolina Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation, Ducks Unlimited and the North Carolina Coastal Federation will also receive a part of the settlement dues. [ABC 13 NEWS: HOG WASTE]

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Published on Mar-15-07


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