Beef cattle feedlot settles with state in air pollution case

WALLULA, Wash. (AP) — A company that operates a beef cattle feedlot in southeastern Washington has reached a settlement with the state over a charge of failing to manage air pollution.

The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin reported Friday that Simplot Feeders LLP agreed to pay a reduced fine and invest in a project that reduces small-particle pollution at their operation in Wallula, according to state Department of Ecology officials.

In late 2015, Ecology fined the company $50,000 for allowing small particles into the air, including dust and dried manure.

The company unsuccessfully appealed the fine to the state Pollution Control Hearings Board.

In an email to the Union-Bulletin, Simplot spokesman Josh Jordan said the company was happy to reach the resolution with Ecology to improve air quality in the area.