Missouri, Premium Standard Farms reach deal on hog odors

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 | 5:36 p.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY — Premium Standard Farms has agreed to finish installing odor-reducing technology on all 11 of its Class 1-A hog farms in northern Missouri by July 2012.

On Wednesday, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced a legal settlement that also calls for Premium Standard to give a total of $1 million to schools in five counties and to road funds in six.

Premium Standard was ordered in a 1999 consent decree to install technology in its barns to reduce odors pumped into the air. A second consent decree in 2004 gave Premium Standard until July 31 to install so-called "next-generation technology" at its hog confinements.

The company said it wasn't able to invent such technology until April of this year and asked for a two-year extension.

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