Mountaire Farms ordered to clean up wastewater release

DOVER — The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) was notified Wednesday about an accidental release of partially treated wastewater at Mountaire Farms of Delaware’s poultry processing facility outside the town of Millsboro.

Mountaire Farms reported that the release was discovered at about 5 a.m. and resulted in the discharge of between 750,000 and 1 million gallons of partially treated wastewater to the ground surface at the facility. The release, reported by Mountaire as having been caused by mechanical failure of a wastewater system component, was contained onsite, with allegedly no discharge to nearby Swann Creek. DNREC has directed Mountaire Farms to take all appropriate steps to mitigate this release and minimize any adverse impacts to the environment. Mountaire’s cleanup efforts are under way.

DNREC will continue to investigate this incident while monitoring the company’s cleanup.

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