- Associated Press - Thursday, August 30, 2018

Federal regulators have reached settlements with two northeast Nebraska livestock feeders accused of violating the Clean Water Act.

The Environmental Protection Agency says in a Thursday news release that both facilities have agreed to pay civil penalties. Bar MK, LLC, has agreed to pay a penalty of $29,000. Cindy Stratman, doing business as Cindy Stratman Livestock, has agreed to pay a penalty of $22,000.

EPA inspectors say both facilities in the West Point area lacked adequate livestock waste controls to prevent discharges of manure and process wastewater. Feedlot-related pollutants discharged into an unnamed tributary of Plum Creek, which discharges into the Elkhorn River.

Both facilities have agreed to provide the EPA with correction plans.

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