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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A Columbus County hog farm operator has been ordered to pay $1.5 million in fines and restitution for violations of the federal Clean Water Act.

US Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced Wednesday that $1 million in restitution paid by Freedman Farms will be provided to the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust to buy and preserve wetlands.

A federal judge in February ordered Clarkton-based Freedman to pay the restitution and an additional $500,000 fine after the company was found guilty of dumping hog waste into a stream leading to the Waccamaw River.

Freedman Farms president William B. Freedman was sentenced to six months in prison to be followed by six months of home confinement.

The restitution will be paid in five annual payments starting in January.

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5 Comments on "Hog farm ordered to pay for wetlands preservation"

2015 years 10 months ago

He should also have to drink some of the polluted water.

Guest 10101
2015 years 10 months ago

Freedman ……… What a pig!

county resident
2015 years 10 months ago

This is one Smart Cookie. Still not in Jail, Still not on House Arrest. New hobby is Intimidating the Elderly into allowing him to farm their farms and then not Paying them their Rent. Looks like the US Attorney and that Federal Judge didn’t know who they were dealing with. Should have shutdown his operation and not allowed it to operate regardless of who’s name he operates under.

2015 years 10 months ago

What this guy was thinking. NCSU has done extensive research and provided funding for these farmers to effectively manage their waste streams.
I had thought that this type of thing had gone away……

Best Regards

Big Bad Wolf
2015 years 10 months ago

The whole story


what about the hog producers main company?

they should be charged for not having checks and balances……


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