The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) signed a conciliation order with Allen Harim Foods that requires the poultry company to take action to protect human health and the environment at its Millsboro and Harbeson facilities.
According to the ordinance, Allen Harim is required to carry out actions to reduce wastewater; investigate and install stormwater improvements; and end the discharge of streams for wastewater disposal at its two facilities in Harbeson and Millsboro. In addition, according to the DNREC, the ordinance resolves past effluent violations at the Harbeson facility and requires the clean-up and reuse of a former anaerobic lagoon as a bypass lagoon for non-compliant wastewater prior to reprocessing and l ‘elimination.
Beyond these DNREC requirements, Allen Harim has agreed to pay a penalty of $ 150,340 and will be subject to departmental stipulated penalties for non-compliance with the corrective action provisions of the order.
The conciliation order between DNREC and Allen Harim can be viewed on the DNREC website.
A second action taken by the DNREC regarding Allen Harim involves the issuance of a permit for on-site wastewater treatment and disposal operations for the company’s Harbeson facility. The operating license allows Allen Harim to perform on-site treatment of poultry processing wastewater and subsequently transfer the treated effluent to the Artesian North Sussex regional recharge facility for disposal by sprinkler irrigation. The operating license requires Allen Harim to implement the same high level of treatment that would be required for spray disposal on golf courses or state parks. The permit also requires Allen Harim to divert non-compliant wastewater on-site for reprocessing if necessary.
Allen Harim Foods, according to WATTPoultry.com’s Top Companies database, processed 7.6 million pounds of ready-to-cook chicken on a weekly basis in 2020, making it the 20the largest poultry producer in the United States. The company is headquartered in Millsboro and was formed in 2011 when South Korean poultry company Harim Group bought Allen Family Foods.