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NEVADA DAIRY FARM AND MANAGER
PLEAD GUILTY TO CWA VIOLATIONS


NEVADA DAIRY FARM AND MANAGER PLEAD GUILTY TO CWA VIOLATIONS
FOR RELEASE:  FRIDAY, JAN. 29, 1999     



NEVADA DAIRY FARM AND MANAGER PLEAD GUILTY TO CWA VIOLATIONS

Rockview Farms Inc., (Rockview), which operates a dairy farm in 
Amargosa, Nev. under the name of Ponderosa Dairy, and its manager, 
Eric Goedhart, pleaded guilty on Jan. 21, in U.S. District Court in 
Fresno, California to violating the Clean Water Act (CWA).  The court
ordered Rockview to pay a fine of $250,000, to reimburse investigating
costs of $6,900, to enact an extensive environmental compliance plan, to
obtain a CWA permit and to donate $10,000 worth of investigatory equipment
to the local Dairy Waste Enforcement Task Force.  Goedhart was fined
$5,000 and placed on three years probation.  The offenses occurred in
February 1998, when Goedhart and another employee illegally discharged 1.7
million gallons of dairy waste water contaminated with urine and feces. 
The waste water flowed approximately 8 miles across the desert and then
into the Amargosa River in Inyo County, Calif.  Exposure to fecal coliform
and other pathogens in animal wastes can cause intestinal and other
infections in humans and can also be harmful to aquatic life.  The
investigation was conducted by the EPA's Criminal Investigation Division,
the California Department of Fish and Game, Regional Water Quality Board,
the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection, and prosecuted by the
U.S. Department of Justice.

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