US: Residents want to sue city over poultry plant
Residents of the city of Morristown, Tennessee have
said they suffered for years from the rotting odours from a chicken deboning
plant. They have now threatened to sue the city.
A resident, Patricia Stephens' home shares a sewer line with the Koch Foods
plant and said the odours are so bad they caused her family and neighbours to
vomit. "We had to stuff rags under the doors to try and block the smell," she
According to Environmental attorney Gary Davis, representative of 44
property owners, a meeting with a federal judge has been set for 10
"We've begged for help for over two years, the city has let Koch Foods
violate the federal Clean Water Act. They won't do anything because they (Koch
Foods) are such a big taxpayer to the city. They've made us suffer for their
profits," said Stephens.
Addressing the problem
A state official has
reported that the city is currently addressing the problem, and Koch Foods has
denied the plaintiffs have valid claims.
"It is my understanding that the city of Morristown has taken several
enforcement actions against Koch Foods to ensure that issues are corrected,"
said Meg Lockhart, deputy communications director for the Tennessee Department
of Environment and Conservation.
"While we continue to monitor the situation very closely, the city of
Morristown is handling the issues and city officials are taking the appropriate
steps to ensure the industry comes into and remains in compliance."
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