NC poultry plant fined for wastewater violations

RAEFORD, N.C. (AP) - A federal judge has ordered a North Carolina poultry processor to pay a $150,000 fine for sending untreated wastewater containing blood and turkey parts directly to a city treatment plant.

The judge also sentenced House of Raeford Farms Inc. to two years' probation and ordered the company to pay a special assessment of $4,000 for 10 counts of knowingly violating the Clean Water Act.

The U.S. Justice Department said that the poultry producer allowed employees to send untreated wastewater contaminated with blood, grease and body parts from slaughtered turkeys directly to the city of Raeford's wastewater treatment plant without telling city officials.

The company has said the government admitted during a trial last year that none of the materials it said went into the town's sewer system reached the environment.

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There's 10 counts of breaking the law.
10 separate instances of discharges.
should plant operators go to jail?

Think of each instance as a DWI with no accidents or deaths - just 10 repeat DWI's.
Jail time? Or no?

Vog