- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 58-year-old northwest Iowa man has been given six weekends in prison and a year of probation for dumping wastewater into a river tributary.

Federal prosecutors say Michael Wolf, of Remsen, had pleaded guilty in federal court in Sioux City to one count of discharging pollutants into a U.S. body of water, violating the federal Clean Water Act.

Prosecutors say Wolf dumped about 845,000 gallons of untested wastewater into a West Branch Floyd River tributary in October 2012 near Sioux Center.

The polluted water, which Wolf obtained from the Sioux-Preme Packing wastewater treatment lagoons, included agricultural waste. He was an employee at the pork processing plant and oversaw the lagoons.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the dumping killed thousands of fish over an 11-mile stretch of the river.

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