Indiana Taxpayers Pay To Clean Up Abandoned Manure Lagoon

Aerial view of working hog manure holding lagoon. Image credit:New York Times/Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement.

An abandoned, enormous lagoon, if over-filled with pig poo and water, in addition to smelling awful, poses a risk of overflow. A torrent of liquid brown disgust making it into a stream or lake - or possibly some backyards or well-heads - is a risk that ranks in seriousness with a hazardous waste truck crash. This is what can happen when a hog farm goes out of business, as in a recent example from Northern Indiana, in which taxpayers may have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for an emergency cleanup. How amazing it is that for decades legislatures have often sought to protect manure lagoons from commonsense environmental regulation, as if the big bad boogie man of EPA is the real Today, State removing 4.5M gallons of manure from farm

A state agency is having 4.5 million gallons of manure removed from an eastern Indiana hog farm that went out of business after being prosecuted for violating environmental laws.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management faces a possible $400,000 bill to have the manure shipped and treated at an Indianapolis sewage plant, although an agency spokesman said it is seeking payment from the current property owners..."IDEM staff assessed conditions of the lagoon and barns, and determined that immediate action was necessary to prevent the potential for a spill," agency spokesman Barry Sneed told The Star Press of Muncie.

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