- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A Henderson County dairy farmer has been placed on home detention and fined for discharging thousands of gallons of cow waste into the French Broad River.

Multiple media outlets reported that 62-year-old William Franklin Johnson was sentenced in federal court in Asheville on Thursday for violating the Clean Water Act.

The owner of Tap Root Dairy in Fletcher will be on home detention for six months and must serve four years of probation. Johnson also is being fined $15,000.

Tap Root Dairy is being fined $80,000 and must follow an environmental management plan.

Prosecutors say 11,000 gallons of cow waste were released into the river from a storage lagoon in December 2012. They say the dairy failed to monitor and maintain proper waste levels in the lagoon.



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