Exeter Township, PA – The Exeter Township supervisors directed their solicitor to petition Berks County Court to force the Mehadrin Kosher Poultry plant to comply with an April 19 court order.
Earlier this month, the supervisors ordered the plant at 1100 Lincoln Road to stop discharging excessive waste into township sewers.
The plant was allowed to operate after Berks Judge Timothy J. Rowley approved a settlement. It required the owners to pay $95,000 in overdue sewer bills and obtain an industrial waste permit from the township by last Wednesday.
As of Monday, the township had not received an application for the permit, the supervisors said.
According to the agreement, the plant, which employs 185, was allowed to discharge 100,000 gallons a day for one week, then 75,000 gallons a day beginning today.
Township officials said the plant had been discharging as much as 329,000 gallons of wastewater daily.
Sewer plant superintendent Paul A. Herb told the supervisors that Mehadrin won’t be able to comply with the 75,000-gallon limit unless it has some of its wastewater trucked away for treatment elsewhere.
Herb said the company has 10 wastewater storage tanks but that they have a total capacity of 200,000 gallons.
The supervisors said they might have the authority to force the poultry plant to install a meter to ensure compliance with the discharge limit. The meter would cost Mehadrin about $20,000.
(Source: Reading Eagle)