Illinois sues dairy over fish-killing sewage runoff

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) – A central Illinois dairy faces a lawsuit that claims runoff from the operation’s septic system killed hundreds of thousands of fish.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office filed the lawsuit last month against Stone Ridge Dairy, which is located south of the village of Bellflower.

The Bloomington Pantagraph reports the state is seeking more than $7,000 to cover the natural resources investigation and an unspecified amount to cover aquatic life destroyed in Lone Tree Creek.

A phone message left by The Associated Press at the dairy seeking comment on the lawsuit was not immediately returned.

The lawsuit says raw sewage was released into the creek on three separate occasions from 2003 through 2010. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources estimates contamination from the runoff killed more than 200,000 fish.
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Information from: The Pantagraph, http://www.pantagraph.com