The Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) is facing a lawsuit over allegations its Cabool, Missouri, facility is unlawfully discharging pollutants.
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The city of Cabool filed a complaint Jan. 2 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri against the DFA, alleging violation of the Clean Water Act.

The DFA operates a dairy plant containing a wastewater treatment unit located in Cabool. The city alleges that since Feb. 12, 2018, the DFA has been illegally discharging “toxic pollutants” in the city’s licensed wastewater treatment facility and subsequently into a tributary to the Big Piney River.

The city claims the DFA does not have a discharge permit issued under the Clean Water Act and that the defendant will cause harm to the Big Piney River unless abated.

The city seeks injunctive, monetary and all other just relief. It is represented by Thomas Loraine of Loraine & Associates LLC in Osage Beach, Missouri, and Ivan Schraeder of The Schraeder Law Firm in St. Louis.

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri Central Division case number 6:20-CV-03003-BP

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