Hog farm ordered to pay for wetlands preservation

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Submitted: Wed, 07/25/2012 - 5:05pm
Updated: Wed, 07/25/2012 - 5:24pm

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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  • guesty says:

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

  • Guest 10101 says:

    Freedman ……… What a pig!

  • county resident says:

    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.

  • Vog46 says:

    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 says:

    The whole story


    what about the hog producers main company?

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

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