MOUNT PLEASANT, Texas (AP) - A processing plant has begun
dumping chicken byproducts into an East Texas industrial landfill.
That's causing a stench and angering residents who say they live
"in the line of fire."
Since at least Monday, the Pilgrim's Pride processing plant in
Mount Pleasant has been legally dumping most of its chicken
byproducts into a 20-acre regulated industrial landfill in Camp
Pittsburg, Texas-based Pilgrim's Pride started using the site as
a dumping ground last week after the site where chicken byproducts
are usually sent caught fire.
Pilgrim's Pride spokesman Ray Atkinson says the company will
soon divert at least 90 percent of the byproducts to other
permitted landfills in Camp and Titus counties.
Residents also say they were concerned about waste from the
landfill leaking into area groundwater.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality says a 20-year-old
permit for dumping at the landfill does not require lining the pits
to prevent runoff. But a spokesman for the commission says the pits
contain "good clay" that should prevent runoff.