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Allen Harim to pay penalty, make changes under order from state

Delaware Department of Agriculture

A large chicken producer in southern Delaware must change its operations under a new agreement with state environmental regulators. 

State environmental officials say the goal is to protect the environment and human health.

Allen Harim signed a conciliation orderwith the state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Tuesday, which requires it to stop stream discharge of wastewater at its Harbeson and Millsboro facilities, reduce its wastewater, and make stormwater improvements.  

The order also resolved past wastewater violations at the company’s Harbeson facility.

Allen Harim will pay a penalty of just over $150,000—and could be fined more if it doesn’t comply with the order. 

DNREC also issued the company a permit to treat poultry processing wastewater onsite at its Harbeson plant, and then to transfer it to Artesian’s Northern Sussex Regional Recharge Facility for disposal by way of spray irrigation. 

Sophia Schmidt is a Delaware native. She comes to Delaware Public Media from NPR’s Weekend Edition in Washington, DC, where she produced arts, politics, science and culture interviews. She previously wrote about education and environment for The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, MA. She graduated from Williams College, where she studied environmental policy and biology, and covered environmental events and local renewable energy for the college paper.
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