- Associated Press - Thursday, September 17, 2015

FITHIAN, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency says manure spilled from an eastern Illinois farm killed more than 98,000 fish and polluted the Vermilion River.

The agency said the spill from a cattle farm near Fithian was also a threat to the water supply in nearby Oakwood. But an intake pump was shut off to avoid drawing in polluted water. The area is about 20 miles east of Champaign.

According to The (Champaign) News-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1OhotLP ), the state EPA has asked the state Attorney General’s office to take action against the farm.

The state EPA accuses farmer Gabe Shepherd of allowing the liquid manure to run into Stony Creek and then ion into the Vermilion River starting Sept. 11.

Shepherd could not be reached for comment.


Information from: The News-Gazette, https://www.news-gazette.com

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