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Hog farmer indicted on water pollution charge

Posted February 5, 2010 3:01 p.m. EST
Updated February 5, 2010 3:18 p.m. EST

— A federal grand jury indicted a hog farmer in eastern North Carolina Thursday on charges related to the illegal dumping of waste into a tributary to the Waccamaw River.

Freedman Farms, Inc., and William Barry Freedman, 45, of Clarkton, are charged with violating the Clean Water Act, making false statements and obstructing justice.

State officials investigating a tip found that more than 332,000 gallons of hog waste had been discharged from the farm into Browder’s Branch between Dec. 15 and 20, 2007. Freedman provided documents to investigators that falsely described legal disposal of waste during that same time period, according to the indictment.