May 8-9, 2010

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Hudson Valley Foie Gras loses federal water pollution case

FERNDALE – A federal court in New York has ruled in favor of The Humane Society of the United States in its federal lawsuit charging Hudson Valley Foie Gras of Ferndale with numerous violations of the federal Clean Water Act.

The court issued an injunction against further Clean Water Act violations by the company, ordered it to hire an expert and take remedial action, provided that it will be fined $25,000 a day per violations for further violations, and ordered it to pay $50,000 for an environmental project in lieu of paying civil penalties.

Hudson Valley Foie Gras raises and slaughters ducks to product the French delicacy foie gras. Birds are force fed large amounts of food to expand their livers. It produces a significant amount of waste, including manure and slaughter waste. The case alleged that some of that waste has been discharged into the Middle Mongaup River.

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