October 30, 2007--Rancher must pay $40,000 to settle alleged water violations (Denver Post)

A cattle rancher who federal environmental regulators accused of polluting the Snake River with gallons of manure-laced water has agreed to pay $40,000 to settle the case. The rancher also agreed to measures that Environmental Protection Agency officials say will avert possible pollution when heavy rains inundate his southern Idaho feedlot. Mike Bussell, director of the EPA's feedlot-oversight unit, says, "The big thing that they've agreed to do, which I think is critical, is to put in place a containment system." Davis says some polluted water did spill into a tributary of the Snake River.

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