Area mega-dairy cited for pollution, permit violation
By Jim Hagerty
The Illinois Attorney General ended a six-month investigation of Jo Daviess County mega-dairy this week by citing the operation with five violations.
Traditions Dairy has been charged with discharging pollutants without a federal permit and alleged water-related violations.
The investigation centers on silage discharge Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office claims could contaminate the drinking water of the 5,000-head dairy’s neighbors. The pollutants have already turned a portion of an area river purple, the state says.
According to the complaint, Traditions Dairy has two months to respond. If it fails to comply, owners could face up to $250,000 in fines.
Traditions Dairy, near Nora, Ill., was also named in a lawsuit filed by HOMES (Helping Others Maintain Environmental Standards) and 12 other plaintiffs three years ago. The suit is an attempt to protect family farms and the environment by curtailing the dairy’s expansion.
A portion of the dairy’s site has been under construction since 2008.
Spokesmen from Traditions Dairy could not be reached for comment.
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