FRESNO -- Tipton dairy processor accused of more than 282 serious and chronic violations of wastewater discharge standards has been offered the chance to pay a penalty rather than risk civil prosecution.
The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board says California Dairies Inc. can pay the mandatory minimum $846,000 fine -- unless opposition to the settlement plan is filed by the Feb. 11 deadline.
The processor of dry, condensed and evaporated milk has a permit to discharge treated wastewater into a ditch that eventually drains into the Tule River.
The company could have faced a fine of $25,000 a day for each violation and $25 for each of the millions of gallons of effluent the company is accused of discharging into the waterway.
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to the Merced Sun-Star
Calls to the company were not immediately returned.