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LINCOLN, Neb. -- IBP Inc. paid Nebraska $1.85 million as
part of the settlement of a lawsuit filed over alleged environmental
violations at its Dakota City plant.
Attorney General Don Stenberg made the announcement.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency filed the lawsuit in January
2000, accusing the meatpacking giant of polluting the air and water
surrounding its 200-acre Dakota City plant.
The money will be given to Dakota County to improve local
The money is part of the more than $14 million in penalties and
improvements IBP promised in October to make to settle the
IBP agreed to spend $10 million to construct additional wastewater
treatment systems to efficiently reduce its discharges of ammonia
into the Missouri River. The company also agreed to continue and
expand operational improvements ordered last year that will
significantly reduce hydrogen sulfur air emissions, Justice
Department officials said.
The improvements are scheduled to be completed in the summer of
IBP also will pay penalties of $2.25 million to the EPA.
In return, the EPA dropped its lawsuit against the company and its
claims of environmental violations by the company.
The settlement was not an admission of wrongdoing, IBP said.
The Dakota City plant employs about 4,000 of IBP's 10,000 employees
in the state. IBP is the world's largest producer of fresh beef, pork
and related products.
IBP, based in Dakota Dunes, S.D., is the nation's biggest beef
processor. Springdale, Ark.-based Tyson Foods Inc., the poultry
giant, purchased the company last year.
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