Illegal poultry in motion downstream

The owner of a former poultry plant in Bucks County about 40 miles northwest of Philadelphia was charged today with repeatedly dumping chicken parts, grease and blood into a tributary of the Schuylkill River over two years. WHYY’s Denis Devine has the story. (December 19, 2008)

Here’s the link to listen to this story; below is the script of my report.

To the long list of things that taste like chicken, we may have to add the water of the Schuylkill River.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett’s office charged Mayer Grunbaum, the former owner of G&G Poultry in the appropriately named town of Birdsboro, as well as the operator of G&G Poultry’s water treatment plant, David Weiszer, with polluting the unnamed tributary of the Schuylkill River with all the parts of chicken we don’t eat.

Attorney General’s spokeswoman Lauren Bozart said the state’s Clean Streams Law forbids illegal dumping.

“No matter how small a stream or unnamed tributary may be, these are not dumping grounds for waste, and these individuals, any individuals have to comply with the laws that have been passed to protect Pennsylvania’s tremendous natural resources.”

Grunbaum and Weiszer are charged with violating dumping and pollution laws, unlawful conduct and conspiracy. They face a maximum penalty of 255 years in prison and $527,000 fine.

Also charged was G&G Poultry, which now has new owners and a new name. Denis Devine, WHYY News.

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