For Immediate Release
MADIGAN: AGREEMENT SHOULD IMPROVE AIR QUALITY NEAR JOSLIN PACKING PLANT
ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS WILL BENEFIT AREA ENVIRONMENT, SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES
Springfield - Attorney General Lisa Madigan today said an agreement with beef producer Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. should result in better air quality for neighbors of its meat packing plant in Rock Island County while providing much needed funding for area schools and community projects.
agreement entered in Rock Island Circuit Court resolves a lawsuit containing
allegations of air pollution violations, creating a public nuisance and
construction and constructing equipment at the plant without State environmental
permits. The Attorney General’s office filed the lawsuit
against IBP, Inc., now known as Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc., a subsidiary
of Tyson Foods. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA)
referred the case to the Attorney General after receiving complaints
from local citizens about offensive odors generated by IBP during operations
at the facility located on Route 92 near Joslin. Approximately
3,000 head of cattle are slaughtered and processed each day at the plant.
The company also will fund several environmentally beneficial projects including:
“Meritorious projects such as these are very deserving of the funds that will be contributed as part of this settlement,” Madigan said.
In addition to funding other environmental projects, Tyson will pay a civil penalty of $30,000 in connection with alleged releases of ammonia from its Joslin plant. The penalty will be paid to the IEPA for deposit into the Environmental Protection Trust Fund.Supervising Attorney General Rebecca Burlingham is handling the case for Madigan’s Environmental Bureau.