Thursday, October 23, 2014

KJ poultry slaughterhouse enters consent decree settling civil lawsuit with feds 

The US Government Thursday filed and simultaneously entered into a consent decree settling a civil lawsuit against the Kiryas Joel Poultry Processing Plant, Inc. and Kiryas Joel Meat Market Corp., for violations of the Clean Water Act in connection with the operation of its poultry processing plant in the village.

“For years, the defendants flouted the law by repeatedly discharging waste from their poultry slaughterhouse into the waters of the United States,” said US Attorney Preet Bharara. “Today’s consent decree will ensure that the defendants do not resume these illegal practices in the future and requires them to pay a significant penalty for their misconduct.” That amounts $330,000.

According to the allegations in the complaint filed in court, between 2008 and the present, the company spilled and allowed the overflow of untreated wastewater from their poultry processing plant into storm drains and storm sewers that discharge into two tributaries of the Ramapo River – Highland Brook and Tributary No. 25 in Kiryas Joel.

They also failed to obtain a permit for the discharge of stormwater associated with industrial activities, and illegally discharged contaminated stormwater through storm drains. It is also alleged that from 2008 to 2012, they discharged substantial volumes of untreated wastewater to the local sewer plant, interfering with that plant’s operations and causing contaminated waste to be discharged into the waters in violation of the sewer plant’s permit.

The company is required, under the consent decree, to file with the EPA an emergency operation plan and a corrective action plant to prevent Clean Water Act violations from reoccurring.


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