The company allegedly discharged wash water, animal fat into a nearby creek.
Court records indicate the incident occurred on March 25, 2017. An accidental spill resulted in a wastewater discharge on land near the plant. The Dept. of Environmental Quality reported a second discharge in May that was caused by a pump failure that caused waste materials to back up and flow onto the ground.
The charge of unpermitted discharge to waters of the state or elsewhere carries a penalty of $25,000 each day of violation and a year in jail.
The plant produces more than 700,000 lbs. of fully cooked chicken products per week.