Iowa hog operation penalized in environmental case

WEVER, Iowa (AP) — A southeast Iowa hog feeder has been ordered to pay an $18,000 penalty for violations of environmental protection laws.

A news release from the office of Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller says Pieper Inc. was sued in May 2010 because of violations at its Lee County operation.

The release says Pieper admitted that in March 2009, two employees without proper certification applied manure on a field at the Pieper operation and that the manure ran off into a drainage ditch.

Pieper also acknowledged that it failed to submit a complete manure management plan, despite numerous reminders from state regulators.

The hog operation has about 8,400 animals and is situated northeast of Fort Madison, at Wever. The company president didn’t immediately return a call Monday from The Associated Press.