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the nervous system. In January of 2000, the Justice Department sued IBP for violations of the Clean Air Act at its Dakota City plant, where as
much as a ton of hydrogen sulfide was being released into the air every day. As part of a consent decree, IBP agreed to cover its wastewater
lagoons there. “This agreement means that Nebraskans will no longer be forced to inhale IBP’s toxic emissions,” said a Justice Department
official. As of this writing, IBP is also preparing to cover its Lexington wastewater lagoons.
On July 7,1988, IBP held a public forum at a junior high school in Lexington, giving local citizens an opportunity to ask questions about
the company’s proposal to build a slaughterhouse there. The transcript of this meeting says a lot about how IBP views the rural communities
where it operates. Would there be much turnover among workers at the new IBP plant, someone asked. Once the slaughterhouse was
running, an IBP executive replied, it would have a stable workforce. “Ninety percent of our people,” he said, “or 80 percent will be fairly
stable.” Would local people be hired for these jobs, someone else asked....
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2014 for the course MGMT 120 taught by Professor Litt during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.
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