DNREC releases update on nitrate levels found near Mountaire’s Millsboro poultry plant

Photo courtesy of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says that it is working with the Delaware Division of Public Health to sample water from wells at private homes near Mountaire Farms Millsboro poultry processing plant.

Officials say that the plant was recently cited by D.N.R.E.C. for wastewater violations involving excessive levels of nitrates. Water in several recently sampled wells was reportedly found to have nitrates over the national drinking water standard of 10 milligrams per liter. (10 mg/L.)

After the wells at several homes in an area neighboring the plant and its spray irrigation fields returned high levels of nitrates in their drinking water, Mountaire at D.N.R.E.C's recommendation on Thursday, started giving out bottled water to the impacted homes.

Mountaire also reportedly agreed to provide bottled water and potentially other water treatment to other areas of concern surrounding the plant that have the potential to be affected by nitrate contamination.

A number of homes near the plant already received bottled water from the company. D.N.R.E.C. is also continuing to work with the Division of Public Health's Office of Drinking Water to expand sampling of private wells at homes that may be impacted by nitrates from the Mountaire plant's wastewater discharge.

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