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Audubon Co. Hog Confinement Operation Pays $50,000 Civil Penalty
for Environmental Violations

Audubon.   Attorney General Tom Miller said today that the Audubon County District Court has ordered Lawrence Handlos to pay a $50,000 civil penalty for water pollution and manure handling violations at several Handlos hog confinement facilities in Audubon County.

Audubon County District Court Judge Timothy O'Grady approved a consent decree late Monday assessing the civil penalty of $50,000, imposing a permanent injunction against further violations, and requiring additional remedial measures by Handlos.

Handlos owns and operates at least nine confinement feeding operations in Audubon County with a total capacity of at about 50,000 hogs.

Miller's office filed an environmental protection lawsuit against Handlos in 2004. The suit included allegations of water pollution, failure to obtain a construction permit, storm water discharge violations, and failure to insure that manure storage structures are above the groundwater table.

"It is very important for confinement feeding operations to follow Iowa's laws and regulations that are designed to protect the environment," Miller said.

The violations were investigated by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

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