The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) settlement includes a $40,000 penalty.
Kunzler & Company’s Clean Water Act permit requires the pretreatment of wastewater at its meat processing plant in Lancaster, Pennsylvania before it can be discharged to the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP).
EPA alleged Kunzler violated pretreatment permit limits on pH, necessary for limiting the acidity and alkalinity of wastewater discharges to the treatment plant.
The company did not admit liability but said it is now complying with requirements of the permit.
Bypassing pretreatment or improperly pretreating can interfere with a wastewater plant’s ability to treat sewage and waste, causing inadequately treated wastewater to be discharged to local waters.