Skippack Creek

December 16, 2010

Montco Meat Packer Fined $2M for Fish Kill

Publication Date 06/16/2010
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer (PA)

A Montgomery County beef processing plant that officials said released fish-killing pollutants into the Skippack Creek will pay $2 million in penalties, federal officials announced Wednesday.

The fines were levied after the firm, Moyer Packing Co. in Franconia Township, dumped pollutants into the creek. Skippack Creek is a tributary of the Perkiomen Creek, which flows into the Schuylkill.

The federal complaint was filed in 2008 against JBS Souderton Inc., which owns Moyer Packing Co., under the Clean Water Act and Clean Streams Law. JBS Souderton Inc. bought Moyer Packing Co in 2008 from the Smithfield Beef Group.

The Environmental Protection Agency and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said violations occurred over a five-year period beginning in 2003. Three of those incidents led to the deaths of nearly 25,000 fish in a mile-long portion of the creek. The first reported fish kill occurred Aug. 10, 2007. followed by incidents on Dec. 5, 2007, and June 10, 2008.…

December 10, 2010

Beef producer JBS Souderton to split 2M payment between feds, state for creek pollution

Publication Date 06/17/2010
Source: Philadelphia Daily News (PA)

A beef-processing plant reached a settlement yesterday with the U.S. Attorney’s Office over its six-year history of pollution violations.

JBS Souderton violated the Clean Water Act and the Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law by releasing animal waste, E. coli, ammonia, oil and grease into Skippack Creek in Montgomery County, according to authorities.

The company has agreed to pay $1.9 million in civil penalties, divided between the federal government and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The company also agreed to pay $100,000 in civil damages to the state’s Fish and Boat Commission.…