Attorney General sues Missouri meat-processing facility

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MONETT, Mo. (AP) _ Attorney General Chris Koster has filed a lawsuit accusing a small southeast Missouri meat-processing plant of polluting a stream with slaughterhouse waste.

The suit filed Friday in Cape Girardeau County Circuit Court charges Fruitland American Meat in Jackson with water pollution, illegal discharge and reporting failures. The suit says the animal waste discharges resulted in dark brown or red, foamy stream water with an offensive odor. Koster’s office says in a news release that more than 900 fish were killed on one occasion.

Koster is seeking a preliminary and permanent injunction prohibiting the company from violating the Missouri Clean Water Law. He’s also seeking a civil penalty of up to $10,000 for each day the alleged violations occurred. The company didn’t immediately respond to a message from The Associated Press.

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