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Dispute over Smithfield Environmental Penalty


In terms of a 2000 agreement between Smithfield Foods and the Attorney General of North Carolina, the Company has paid $2 million annually as a penalty for soil and water contamination and will continue to do so until 2025. Funds have been disbursed to state agencies and organizations for environmental remediation.

The New Hanover County School Board has sued the State claiming that civil penalties should be diverted to school boards. A trial judge dismissed an early lawsuit and the current Attorney- General, Josh Stein has requested the State Supreme Court to rule on the issue.