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$2M penalty for pumping animal waste into river

WASHINGTON (AP)--Tyson Fresh Meats, the world's largest beef and pork supplier, will pay $2 million for pumping animal waste into the Missouri River, the Justice Department said Aug. 20.

Justice said the company, a subsidiary of Tyson Foods Inc., of Springdale, Ark., violated a 2002 agreement with the government to limit its discharges into the river from a beef processing facility in Dakota City, Neb.

The government said the company did not adequately treat the wastewater it discharges into the river, and as a result, fecal coliform and nitrates were discharged.

Officials said the discharges caused high levels of toxicity to aquatic life in the river.

Regulators said Tyson discharges an average of 5 million gallons of treated wastewater from the facility into the river each day.

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