Riverkeepers to sue Pilgrim’s & Cargill

Brent Finnegan -- May 25th, 2007

As reported on WSVA, The Winchester Star, and the AP: the Shenandoah Riverkeeper, Potomac Riverkeeper and Waterkeeper Alliance filed a notice in U.S. District Court that they will file suit against Cargill and Pilgrim’s Pride in Timberville for unlawful discharges of waste into the North Fork of the Shenandoah River, unless the discharges are corrected within 60 days (via Forbes).

Cargill says it’s SIL‘s problem, not theirs. AG Bob McDonnell filed suit against the SIL in October for polluting the river. In January, SIL filed for bankruptcy.

10 Responses to “Riverkeepers to sue Pilgrim’s & Cargill”

  1. bub says:

    GOOD! Polluters need to be punished….

  2. Barnabas says:

    As far as I can tell SIL hasn’t ever met the standards set by the DEQ.

  3. David Miller says:

    Barnabas, thanks for the link. This seems to be the conclusion

    “One project, the SIL Clean Water Modular Reclamation Reuse System (MRRS) nearTimberville, has had difficulty meeting its annual nutrient reduction requirements since the performance period began in 2001. DEQ determined that the facility exceeded its annual nutrient load allowances in the years 2001-2004 and monetary assessments for repayment of a portion of the grant due to non-performance were ordered. SIL failed to pay these assessments, so they have been referred to the Office of the Attorney General for collection. In August 2003, SIL was
    ordered to submit a Corrective Action Plan to ensure future compliance with the performance requirements of the WQIF agreement. It is now evident that the Plan has not achieved the
    desired results, as the facility will exceed their annual nutrient load allowances in 2005 as well. The pending collections referred to the Office of the Attorney General total $236,647 and the
    potential 2005 assessment may be $45,500 or more.”

  4. zen says:

    fishkill anyone?

  5. Frank witt says:

    I was fishing in Blacks Run this morning and I caught some really NICE Brownies…I don’t eat fish…so if someone wants them…

    You’re Welcome

  6. David Miller says:

    No, I’m sure that the fish kill is just God’s plan for the fish. “How arrogant are you that you believe that man could destroy what God has created.”

  7. Daytonres says:

    I don’t know where it stands now, but earlier this year or late last year, Attorney General Bob McDonnell sued SIL.

    When the plant opened a lot of people predicted great things, instead we are getting to see concentrated results of what has always been going into the river. It just used to come in at different points and from different sources.

  8. David Miller says:

    Well at least we get that information now, we can pinpoint the point source.

  9. Frank J Witt says:

    I know this is a ittle late but I just fund this article in the USA TODAY..

    Friday, June 29
    Richmond – Regulators have proposed increasing the acceptable amount of fecal bacteria in Virginia’s streams, rivers and lakes. The State Water Control Board will make a final decision next year. Department of Environmental Quality staff members said it’s almost impossible to meet the current bacteria standard in many waterways. The relaxed limits would continue to protect the public, DEQ staff said.

    Interesting how it will continue to protect the public…

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