DNREC: Heavy rainfall causes Mountaire wastewater release

October 15, 2018

Heavy rainfall in the Millsboro area Oct. 12 caused an electrical malfunction at Mountaire’s poultry facility, resulting in wastewater discharged in Swan Lake, officials say.

Mountaire Farms contacted the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control about the wastewater release, which was mostly contained onsite, said Michael Globetti, spokesmen for DNREC.

Some of the wastewater mixed with stormwater, running over an embankment and into Swan Creek, he said. Mountaire estimated that fewer than 5,000 gallons reached the creek, he said.

“DNREC was onsite monitoring Mountaire’s cleanup operations throughout the day,” Globetti said. “The department also is investigating and will take appropriate action on the wastewater release.”