CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN (AP)--A hog farm improperly disposed of animal waste into Little Sugar Creek earlier this month, killing about 5,700 fish, according to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
IDEM has issued a notice to Pohlmann Hog Farms for the July 2 incident. It is not yet known whether the disposal into the creek was accidental or intentional, IDEM spokesman Todd Siesky said July 17.
IDEM's notice asserts that Pohlmann Farms, owned by Klaus Pohlmann, caused or allowed the discharge into the creek, failed to adequately respond to the spill and discharged animal manure without proper permit.
Even with a permit, Siesky said the business would not have been able to discharge animal waste. Siesky said there was no evidence the discharge caused any environmental harm to residents.
J.D. Bowman, manager for Pohlmann Hog Farms, said Wednesday that about 800 to 1,200 gallons of waste was released, and the farm is working with conservation officers to determine what happened.
"It's still under investigation," Bowman said. "We think some vandalism may have occurred."