Tyson fined for sludge spill near Statesville

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Court records show that Tyson Farms has agreed to pay a fine of $305,000 for a spill of thousands of gallons of chicken sludge in a river north of Statesville.

The Charlotte Observer reported (http://bit.ly/1lTyGLH) the fine is from the federal Environmental Protection Agency for the spill of about 210,000 gallons of material into a tributary of the South Yadkin River.

The North Carolina Department of Environment and natural Resources fined Tyson more than $8,000 for the incident with the company paying that penalty in 2010.

Tyson spokesman Worth Sparkman pointed out the company has cooperated with government officials. Sparkman said there was no health risk to residents.

Tyson has 30 days to pay the fine.

The spill involved a Tyson subsidiary called River Valley Animal Farms in Harmony.

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Information from: The

Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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