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Lawsuit: Poultry producer dumping in river

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    Of course we all follow the FDEP and whoever the Gov appoints to head it always receives full scrutiny, so there can be little doubt that none of this could be true.

    Over the course of five years, the country’s largest chicken producer has been dumping millions of gallons of wastewater into the Suwannee River.Pilgrim’s Pride has held a permit in Live Oak to dump toxic wastewater into the river — as required under the Clean Water Act —but has self-reported various violations in that time. Thursday, Environment Florida, a nonprofit advocacy group, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court accusing the poultry producer of violating the Clean Water Act for 1,377 consecutive days by discharging wastewater that nearly triples the legal limit of pollution outlined in their permit…

    Pilgrim’s Pride is the main chicken supplier for several commercial stores and restaurants, including Wal-Mart, Publix, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Wendy’s. The company’s Live Oak plant, which is less than a mile from the Suwannee River State Park, hatches and grows chickens before slaughtering and shipping the meat to buyers….

    Dee Ann Miller, a spokeswoman with FDEP, said the state agency has taken several steps against the company to address its violations.
    In 2010, FDEP fined Pilgrim’s Pride $36,000 for operational improvements needed to comply with its permit. In 2015, the company was issued an order and fined $2,000 for toxicity violations.
    Miller said FDEP told the company it needed to develop a toxicity plan to address further violations, which it did not….”

    Yes, that’s right two thoooouuuussssaaaannnndddd dollars!

    The former head of the FDEP under Crist had been with the Dept for 30 years and was replaced by Scott with a shipbuilding exec with no previous experience with either the environment or government.

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