Mountaire Farms of Delaware reported to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Friday that the company’s cleanup of an accidental release of partially treated wastewater on Wednesday at Mountaire’s Millsboro area poultry site has been completed.
The department also ordered stepped up groundwater monitoring in the area of the release.
DNREC Groundwater Discharges Section staff were present to verify the status of cleanup efforts. Mountaire Farms’ response actions to the release have included continuous 24-hour pumping of the discharged wastewater back into the wastewater treatment system for retreatment; scraping of soils in the area where the release occurred to remove any potential solids; liming of the ground surface once solids are removed; repair of the mechanical component the company reports led to the accidental release, and complete inspection of the system.
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