Violation Tracker Individual Record

Tap Root Dairy, LLC
December 13, 2013
Offense Group: 
environment-related offenses
Primary Offense: 
environmental violation
Violation Description: 

William "Billy" Franklin Johnston, the owner of one of North Carolina's largest dairy farms located in Fletcher, N.C., was sentenced to four years of probation, six months of which he has to spend in home detention, for his role in the discharging of cow feces into the French Broad River, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. U.S. Magistrate Judge Dennis L. Howell also ordered Johnston to pay a $15,000 fine. The dairy company, Tap Root Dairy, LLC (Tap Root), was also fined $80,000 and was placed on a four-year probationary term. The company is also required to abide by a comprehensive environmental compliance plan.

Level of Government: 
Action Type: 
agency action
Environmental Protection Agency
Civil or Criminal Case: 
Facility State: 
North Carolina
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