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.…