The state Department of Environmental Protection has fined a 2,000-cow dairy $30,000 for illegally discharging manure onto a grassy field.
The owner of the dairy, Tom Frey, says during Tropical Storm Isabel their manure storage facility was close to overflowing. If allowed to overflow the manure would have polluted two nearby streams and eventually the Susquehanna River. In order to protect those waterways, Frey opted to pump out some manure onto a 40-acre grassy field. He then notified the DEP of his actions.
According to DEP this is the fifth such penalty against the farm since 1999. Frey is now building a 4.7-million-gallon storage lagoon to prevent further problems.