Dairy Giant Questions|Environmental Bill

     EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (CN) – Prairie Farms Dairy, a giant farm association, claims in court that it was gouged for cleaning up a mercury spill it didn’t cause.
     Prairie Farms Dairy sued Sanitary Stainless Services and SET Environmental, in Madison County Court.
     Prairie Farms is an association of more than 700 member farms, according to its website.
     Prairie Farms claims the defendants caused the spill by mishandling a manometer during renovations of a Prairie Farm facility in Granite City, Ill. Manometers are used to measure the pressure of the fluid in dairy tanks.
     Prairie Farms claims SET Environmental estimated that it would approximately $100,000 to clean up the mercury – then billed it $629,000.
     “In fact, SET’s billing practice was so inflated the upon mere first review of the bill, Prairie Farms objected and SET cut its bill by over $100,000,” the complaint states. “Nevertheless, even the second issued bill, which is in the approximate amount of $523,000, still contains unreasonable charges.”
     Prairie Farms seeks more than $700,000 in damages for breach of contract and negligence.
     It also seeks declaratory judgment that SET made negligent misrepresentations to induce it into entering into the cleanup contract, and voiding of the contract.
     Prairie Farms is represented by Christopher Byron, with Byron Carlson Petri & Kalb.

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