An HP Hood dairy facility in Frederick County, Virginia, is under fire for regularly violating pollution limits in its wastewater.
Mike Newlin, assistant director and chief engineer at the Frederick County Sanitation Authority, told The Winchester Star the company has regularly exceeded pollution limits since 2014.
In an email to the publication Friday morning, Newlin wrote, “Since December of 2014, there has only been one month in which there were no violations. October of 2015 saw 54 violations alone.”
The wastewater regularly burdens the county’s treatment facility and sometimes requires the county to spend more on treatment. If the facility is overwhelmed, the polluted water is discharged into Opequan Creek. Imagine the environmental damage done in the three years HP Hood has exceeded pollution limits.
Environmental pollution is incredibly common in the animal agriculture industry. In total, animal excrement and agricultural runoff have polluted nearly one-third of rivers in the U.S. Factory farms are also to blame for widespread contamination of drinking water.
In 2014 alone, Tyson Foods or its subsidiaries dumped more than 20 million pounds of pollutants directly into our waterways, according to a 2016 report by Environment America. That number doesn’t include the pollution from Tyson’s factory farms raising livestock and is six times more than Exxon for the same period. Perdue Farms and Pilgrim’s Pride also ranked higher than Exxon in amount of water pollution.
In April 2017 a seafood processing plant was forced to pay $3.2 million for violating air pollution regulations when employees at Westward Seafoods in Unalaska turned off pollution controls and falsified records eight years ago. Also this April, more than 190,000 gallons of manure from Tony Silveira Dairy spilled into Tillamook Bay in Oregon.
More recently, a Dutch study found that air pollution from factory farms causes lung damage in local residents.
Factory farming is not only damaging to human health and the environment but also unspeakably cruel to farmed animals.
To help protect our health, animals, and the environment, the best thing to do is to abstain from all animal products.
Click here to learn more about the benefits of a plant-based diet.