Atlanta > Chicken Plants Contaminating Lake Lanier

| March 23, 2015


ATLANTA — Documents reveal that one of Georgia’s largest chicken processors has for years exceeded pollution standards for stormwater runoff into Lake Lanier — one of metro Atlanta’s major sources of drinking water.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the violations have resulted in few consequences from state regulators. It said in a report Sunday that stormwater runoff can contain bacteria found in chicken feces, and that Georgia’s methods of regulating the industry raise serious health and safety questions.

The newspaper reports that Georgia has just two inspectors overseeing industrial stormwater pollution permits at around 3,000 sites.

The Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, an environmental watchdog group that has also found high pollution levels coming from two chicken processors in the area, has complained for years that the state is too lax.

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