The State & Environmental Impact Center

Michigan AG Settled Lawsuit Against Large CAFO for Environmental and Public Health Harms

September 29, 2021

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and the Director of the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy Liesl Clark announced the settlement of a lawsuit against a large concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO), Slater Farms, for environmental and public health harms stemming from its mismanagement of animal waste. Under the settlement, Slater Farms is subject to additional oversight and permitting conditions, and it must pay a $120,000 penalty, which may be partially waived if they comply with permit conditions and the law. The lawsuit was originally filed in September 2020 over claims that the company’s CAFO caused E. coli, nitrogen, and phosphorus to pollute the White River watershed – risking the health of the Great Lakes.