DEP Fines Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation for Illegal Waste Discharge

WILLIAMSPORT – The Department of Environmental Protection has fined Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. of Wyalusing Township, Bradford County, for illegally discharging 1,192 gallons of brine from its beef processing plant to Brewer Creek in December 2007.

The $2,865 fine levied against Cargill was paid to the Clean Water Fund, which is used to pay for cleanups across the state.

“This illegal discharge could have been avoided if Cargill had a better preventative maintenance program,” said DEP Northcentral Regional Director Robert Yowell. “The company has taken the appropriate steps to prevent this from occurring again in the future.”

The release occurred when a process drain became clogged, allowing industrial waste to back-up to the facility’s loading dock. From there, the waste overflowed into a storm sewer and discharged to Brewer Creek.

Cargill has since modified its preventative maintenance program and brine inventory. The company has locked an overflow valve to allow only authorized employees to operate it. Every authorized employee is required to be trained on its proper use.

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