Suit alleges the dairy polluted water and violated manure-handling rules.

The Iowa attorney general’s office filed suit in Plymouth County District Court against a 2,800-cow dairy for alleged repeated pollution of surface water and for manure-handling violations.

According to the LeMars Daily Sentinel, the lawsuit alleges that Plymouth Dairy Farms, located south of LeMars, Iowa, had repeated manure discharges dating back to the fall of 2004. In addition, during an investigation of a 2005 manure discharge the dairy allegedly did not have a current manure-handling plan as required by Iowa law.

In Iowa, livestock producers can be fined up to $5,000 per day for each violation. The dairy also could face additional penalties for allegedly not maintaining a manure-handling plan.

LeMars Daily Sentinel, RadioIowa.com