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Siberian Poultry Producer Fined Over Toxic Bird-Waste Lake

KRASNOYARSK — A poultry production plant in Siberia has been fined more than $3.5 million for improperly disposing of bird waste, creating a lake of toxic poultry droppings that have damaged the local environment. 

Russia's food safety watchdog said the reservoir of liquid bird waste was discovered during a routine assessment of property belonging to the Sibirskaya Guberniya turkey meat producer near Berezovka, in the Krasnoyarsk region last year. 

A regional court ordered the company to pay 129.5 million rubles ($3.5 million) for damage to the topsoil caused by the lake of bird waste, which spread over 16 hectares of land.

Sibirskaya Guberniya is one of the five largest producers of turkey meat in Russia, churning out 76 percent of all poultry flesh in the region. 

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