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·         Now We're Suing JBS for Air Pollution

The Center for Biological Diversity and Food & Water Watch sent a formal notice of intent​ to sue JBS-USA for air pollution violations

 

·         Colorado Slaughterhouse Warned of Lawsuit After Clean Air Act Violations

… The violations stem from terms in JBS-Swift Beef’s 2015 air permit that detail how the company can dispose of salty wastewater generated during the processing of hides from slaughtered animals…

 

 

Now We're Suing JBS for Air Pollution

The Center for Biological Diversity and Food & Water Watch sent a formal notice of intent​ to sue JBS-USA for air pollution violations

 

By Jackie Filson, Food & Water Watch (FWW) 

10.1.19

 

Earlier this year, we sued JBS-USA over severe water pollution violations at its Greeley Beef Plant in Colorado. Now, we're getting ready to sue them again because instead of actually cleaning up their act, the company just started polluting our air.

 

Background

 

The Greeley Beef Plant in Colorado is a beef slaughter and meat processing plant, but it also preserves animal hides. The animal hides are preserved by soaking them in saltwater and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and nitrogen oxides.

 

As a result, the Plant generates millions of gallons of "salt-brine wastewater" ( 5.2 million gallons per year) that often contain high concentrations of VOCs and nitrogen oxides along with animal fat, meat, and blood.

 

The Plant was surreptitiously dumping the vulgar wastewater directly into Colorado's waterways.

 

Water Pollution Air Pollution

 

We sued JBS-USA under the Clean Water Act and the company responded by installing a "salt evaporator," claiming it would address the water pollution problem.

 

It turns out, that while the salt evaporator may mitigate water pollution (if used diligently, which it wasn't), it does not mitigate pollution entirely. When VOCs and nitrogen oxides (like the kind in the salt-brine wastewater) are released into the air, ground-level ozone pollution — commonly referred to as smog — can be created.

 

Rather than reducing pollution, JBS-USA has effectively traded in clean air for clean water on behalf of Colorado.

 

Why We're Suing

 

Smog is a serious threat to public health and the environment it can harm threatened animal species, destroy ecosystems, worsen asthma attacks, increase hospital visits, and even kill people.

 

Right now, JBS-USA is also failing to comply with mandates to monitor for smog pollution.

 

The notice of intent gives JBS-USA 60 days to resolve the violations. The Center for Biological Diversity and Food & Water Watch are represented in this action by counsel with the nonprofit legal advocacy organization Public Justice, as well as in-house counsel.

 

document, plus links

https://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/news/incoming-lawsuit-jbs-usa-now-air-pollution

 

 

Colorado Slaughterhouse Warned of Lawsuit After Clean Air Act Violations

 

Source: Center for Biological Diversity

October 1, 2019

 

DENVER— The Center for Biological Diversity and Food & Water Watch today sent a formal notice of their intent to sue JBS USA and the JBS-Swift Beef Company for Clean Air Act violations at its Greeley Beef Plant.

 

The violations stem from terms in JBS-Swift Beef’s 2015 air permit that detail how the company can dispose of salty wastewater generated during the processing of hides from slaughtered animals.

 

The evaporation method JBS-Swift Beef uses to dispose of the salt-brine wastewater may contribute to harmful ozone pollution known as smog. But whether that is the case is unknown, because the company has failed to comply with the sampling and reporting terms of its permit over the past four years.

 

“As one of the world’s biggest meat producers, JBS should be a leader in making sure its slaughter operations aren’t polluting the region’s air or water,” said Hannah Connor, a senior attorney at the Center. “Colorado’s communities and wildlife deserve better than chronic noncompliance with laws that are in place to protect the region’s air quality, especially given the state’s ongoing problem with controlling smog along the Front Range.”

 

As a part of its beef slaughterhouse in Greeley, Colo., JBS-Swift Beef operates a rendering plant that breaks down animal byproducts such as blood, fats and animal hides. A brine-saltwater bath is used in that process to preserve the hides for sale. This rendering process generates an estimated 5.2 million gallons of salt-brine wastewater per year.

 

JBS-Swift Beef has used an evaporator to manage and dispose of this wastewater since January 2019. But the plant’s Clean Air Act permit requires JBS-Swift Beef to conduct testing and sampling to address ozone pollution and confirm that the plant is not exceeding its permitted emissions limits for other pollutants, requirements with which the company has not complied.

 

“Salts can be harmful to aquatic ecosystems, but while reducing the briny wastewater discharged into Lone Tree Creek through the use of an evaporator system may have temporary benefits for water quality, it is unacceptable for JBS to simply violate the Clean Air Act in order to do so,” said Tarah Heinzen, senior attorney with Food & Water Watch. “We expect JBS to comply with all of its pollution requirements, not to pick and choose among them.”

 

Background

 

Determining whether the JBS wastewater disposal is contributing to ozone pollution is important because the company’s rendering plant is located in a region that is failing to meet air-quality standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency due to high levels of ground-level ozone.

 

Smog threatens public health by worsening asthma attacks and increasing hospital visits; it can even kill people.

 

Smog also harms wildlife and ecosystems. The region’s ponderosa pines are particularly sensitive to smog pollution, which can stunt growth and increase risks from disease, weather and insects. Ponderosa pine habitat in the region is critical for several species, including the threatened Mexican spotted owl.

 

Today’s notice follows a lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity and Food & Water Watch earlier this year that challenges JBS USA and the JBS-Swift Beef Company’s chronic Clean Water Act permit violations at its Lone Tree Wastewater Treatment Plant, also in Greeley.

 

The new notice gives JBS USA and the JBS-Swift Beef Company 60 days to resolve the violations. The Center for Biological Diversity and Food & Water Watch are represented in this action by counsel with the nonprofit legal advocacy organization Public Justice, as well as in-house counsel.

 

 

Contact:

           

Hannah Connor, Center for Biological Diversity, (202) 681-1676, hconnor@biologicaldiversity.org

Jackie Filson, Food & Water Watch, (202) 683-2538, jfilson@fwwatch.org

 

 

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.6 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

 

Food & Water Watch mobilizes people to build political power to move bold and uncompromised solutions to the most pressing food, water and climate problems of our time. We work to protect people’s health, communities and democracy from the growing destructive power of the most powerful economic interests.

 

Public Justice pursues high impact lawsuits to combat social and economic injustice, protect the Earth’s sustainability, and challenge predatory corporate conduct and government abuses.

 

document, plus links  

https://biologicaldiversity.org/w/news/press-releases/colorado-slaughterhouse-warned-lawsuit-after-clean-air-act-violations-2019-10-01/