(AP) - A southern Delaware poultry processor has agreed to pay a $420,000 civil penalty and offer an alternative water supply to nearby residents whose wells have been contaminated with high levels of nitrates.
In a consent decree with state officials, Mountaire Farms also has agreed to take both interim and long-term corrective measures to address problems with the wastewater treatment system at its Millsboro plant.
While submitting the consent decree for approval in state court, environmental officials also filed a federal court complaint Monday claiming that Mountaire has violated the Clean Water Act and Resource Conversation and Recovery Act.
Mountaire slaughters about 2 million chickens per week in Millsboro.
Officials say the company has greatly exceeded allowable levels for applying treated wastewater and sludge from the treatment plant on nearby lands.