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·         JBS USA accused of illegally releasing wastewater into Greeley-area waterway 

Environmental groups claim meat processor is violating limits on release of wastes

 

·         AU: About 100 workers lose jobs at Primo's Port Wakefield abattoir as parent company JBS axes entire shift

… JBS said the decision to scale down production at the pork processing facility run by Primo came at a time of high pig prices, known as live pork prices, compounded by historically high grain costs…

 

 

JBS USA accused of illegally releasing wastewater into Greeley-area waterway 

Environmental groups claim meat processor is violating limits on release of wastes

 

By Judith Kohler, The Denver Post

February 1, 2019

 

Slaughterhouse waste dumped into a Greeley-area creek by meat processing giant JBS USA has exceeded for years the levels allowed under a state permit, say two environmental organizations who plan to sue the company.

 

The company has a permit from the state to discharge from its wastewater treatment plant near Greeley, but has violated the permit’s terms by repeatedly surpassing federally allowed limits for the pollutants, the Center for Biological Diversity and Food & Water Watch wrote in a notice Thursday to the company and state and federal officials.

 

The company didn’t return emails or phone calls seeking comment Friday.

 

Online state environmental records paint a picture of chronic problems with getting the company to comply with the permit and to complete monitoring reports. Through the years, the state Water Quality Control Division sent JBS USA or Swift Beef Co., its subsidiary, advisories saying the company was out of compliance.

 

“I can say generally the violations are valid in our eyes. The information (in the lawsuit notice) was pulled from the state database,” said Kelly Morgan, enforcement manager for the state’s clean-water unit.

 

The problems at the Lone Tree Wastewater Treatment Facility met the criteria for a formal enforcement action, but the state has continued to work with the company to resolve the issues, Morgan said.

 

“We’re following the normal practice, which is to motivate a facility to come into compliance without a formal enforcement response,” Morgan added.

 

However, the state did take stronger action when it demanded changes at the wastewater treatment plant in 2005, before JBS Holdings acquired Swift. Morgan said Swift had to make significant improvements to the plant.

 

JBS USA and Swift Beef own and operate the plant, which treats up to 4 million gallons of wastewater daily from two nearby slaughterhouses, according to the organizations’ notice and state records. The plant’s discharge permit, authorized under the federal Clean Water Act and overseen by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, sets limits on the amount of chlorine, nitrogen and other waste it can discharge.

 

The wastewater is dumped into Lone Tree Creek, which flows into the South Platte River.

 

A 2012 fact sheet by the Colorado Water Quality Control Division said the wastewater from a beef plant includes water from areas and equipment where the animals are killed, from animal carcasses and fat, and meat and blood that wash into the drains.

 

“It’s disgusting that JBS has been allowed for years to treat Colorado’s waterways as a sewer for dangerous meatpacking waste,” Hannah Connor, a senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement.

 

The waste covered by the company’s permit includes...

 

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https://www.denverpost.com/2019/02/01/jbs-usa-wastewater-pollution-lone-tree-creek-greeley/

 

 

About 100 workers lose jobs at Primo's Port Wakefield abattoir as parent company JBS axes entire shift

 

By Luke Radford, ABC North and West (Australia)

Feb 3, 2019

 

About 100 workers at South Australia's Port Wakefield abattoir are without work, after a decision by parent company JBS to move from two shifts to a single day-shift operation.

 

In a statement obtained by the ABC, JBS said it needed to "align operations with supply and market conditions", partly due to the drought and an increase in the price of feed.

 

JBS said the decision to scale down production at the pork processing facility run by Primo came at a time of high pig prices, known as live pork prices, compounded by historically high grain costs.

 

As a result, 36 full-time workers and 66 labour hire workers will lose their jobs.

 

The Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union criticised how the company was handling the situation.

 

"They don't actually tell us exactly how many people they're putting off or who they're going to be, said Graham Smith, the union's federal secretary.

 

"They're actually not telling us very much at all."

 

The union and South Australia's pork association disputed that pig prices were high.

 

Pork SA chairman Mark Mclean said that current prices were very close to the historical average...

 

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https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-04/100-workers-cut-at-pork-wakefield-abattoir/10774210