Central Feeders Incorporated has been sentenced to serve three years probation and pay a $20,000 fine. During probation, Central Feeders, Inc. must follow a compliance plan that will be monitored by the U.S. Probation Office and the Environmental Protection Agency.
According to the U.S. Attorney's office, the cattle feeding operation – on at least four separate occasions between April of 2011 and April of 2012 – had livestock waste discharged into Mud Creek, a tributary of the Platte River. It did not result in any fish dying and according to the U.S. Attorney's office, no environmental clean-up costs were noted.
In addition to the criminal penalty, Central Feeders has negotiated a civil penalty with the EPA, which is anticipated to cost nearly $39,000.