George’s Chicken Processing Plant

George’s Chicken Processing Plant in Harrisonburg, VA, is home to a wastewater treatment facility with a biological nutrient removal (BNR) system. However, this BNR sytem has had repeated collapses, resulting in high ammonia discharges and violations of annual nutrient dischage permit levels. We entered discussions with George’s Chicken and the state to push for improvements before filing a lawsuit. In March 2013, George’s Chicken entered a consent decree to implement upgrades and pay a fine. We monitored George’s Chicken as it implemented changes.