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Poultry plant fined for polluting Raeford wastewater system

Posted February 26, 2013

— A federal judge on Tuesday fined House of Raeford Farms Inc. $150,000 for illegally dumping untreated waste from its Hoke County poultry slaughtering and processing plant into the local water treatment system.

A jury last August found the company guilty of 10 counts of Clean Water Act violations.

House of Raeford repeatedly allowed employees to send untreated wastewater directly to the city of Raeford’s wastewater treatment plant, bypassing the facility’s pretreatment system, between February 2005 and August 2006, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said the untreated wastewater from the House of Raeford plant overwhelmed the treatment plant's capacity, meaning it couldn't properly treat wastewater before discharging it into Rockfish Creek.

A number of the bypasses, which occurred when the House of Raeford plant produced more wastewater than its treatment system could handle, were recorded in log books kept by employees but were never revealed to the city, prosecutors said.

The federal jury acquitted the plant manager of 14 charges in the case.

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  • geosol Feb 26, 7:24 p.m.

    Yeah, how DARE those people want to hold the company accountable for their pollution!!!! They should be grateful that the company was generous enough to locate there in the first place! We need job, Jobs, JOBS!!!! Not clean water and air. Let companies pollute, if that's what it takes to create jobs.

  • josephlawrence43 Feb 26, 6:42 p.m.

    Its totally weird...people in Hoke Co. depend on HOR for a ton of economic support and benefit---yet they want to crucify the company for something that was not actually proven to have happened. Go figure...

  • davidk_at_unc Feb 26, 5:27 p.m.

    Where are all the people screaming about too much government regulation???

  • King of Ignorance Feb 26, 5:08 p.m.

    It doesn't sound like $150,000 is high enough.