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Iowa feedlot must pay $15K for manure discharge

HAWARDEN, Iowa (AP) -- A northwest Iowa feedlot has been ordered to pay a $15,000 penalty for discharging cattle manure into a Sioux County tributary.

A news release from the Iowa Attorney General's Office says Haverhals Farms Inc. allowed 950,000 gallons of manure to flow into a tributary of Six Mile Creek.

The news release says that in a consent decree filed Wednesday, Haverhals Farms and owner Peter Haverhals admitted discharging and land-applying manure that caused surface or groundwater pollution.

Peter Haverhals did not immediately return a call Thursday from The Associated Press.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources responded to reports of the discharge on March 26 last year.