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Honored Advisor

Stillage spill responsibility?

finally getting to the botton of what killed the Stony Creek.  VADEQ presented a briefing .tuesday evening, sharing that a spill of stillage from a small hog farm had essentially killed the creek afyer a heavt rain flushed it out of a wallow in Juky.  

Sixteen miles of serious impairments, i cluding killing an Endangered Species of fish.  The details given were the name of the ethanol producer, Vireol, at its hopewell, Va, plant.  A local trucking company moved the material, which has been certified as livestock feed by VDACS.  

 

Several farms in the county evidently received it. Appatently, it has goNe to farmers in at least 25 more counties.  

 

My question is: Who is responsible for stillage, once it leaves the ethanol plant?

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Honored Advisor

Re: Stillage spill responsibility?

What was it, in a commodity shed and washed out in the rain?  If so I suppose the farmer would be on the hook for not having a dike around where it was stored.

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Re: Stillage spill responsibility?

The agency people said something along the knes of " earthen containment?"  Descriptions given to me were a number of pigs in a wallow full of the corn syrup slurry.  

 

Reading up  on the material, it really sucks out oxygen.  Killed the creek dead as a doornail in stretches right behind us.  

 

The heavy rains evidently overfilled the wallow, and it basically made a beeline fir the creek, 6/10 of a mile down through woods.  Killed trees, killed fish, no bugs, nothing.  I get that it was dumped out and the pIgs were wallowing in it.  

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