Wednesday, June 5, 2013

AP: Jerome Cheese to Pay Feds $300K Following Waste Dumping Charges

Posted By on Wed, Jun 5, 2013 at 9:39 AM

The Associated Press reports that the Environmental Protection Agency has settled a lawsuit against the Jerome Cheese Company after alleging the cheesemaker dumped wastewater into the Snake River. The EPA said the Jerome Cheese Company had a permit to dump some pollutants, but the company exceeded its phosphorous and ammonia limits between 2006 and 2010.

The AP's Rebecca Boone reports that the parent company of Jerome Cheese—Davsco Food—faced maximum allowable fines totaling approximately $100 million but the settlement will see the company pay a civil penalty of $304,000 plus interest.

Davisco didn't admit to any liability in the settlement, nor does it acknowledge that the EPA's findings were accurate.

The AP reports that the EPA alleged Jerome Cheese failed to notify feds within 24 hours when it became aware of discharges that exceeded the maximum daily permit limits.

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