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Feds again hit House of Raeford with water charges
311 days ago
(AP:GREENSBORO, N.C.) Federal prosecutors are again pursuing an environmental crimes case against House of Raeford Farms and one of the poultry processor's plant managers.
The charges leveled in a grand jury indictment last month allege the Rose Hill-based company discharged water containing turkey blood and internal organs into the city of Raeford's sewage treatment plant.
Prosecutors accused the company and Raeford turkey processing plant manager Gregory Steenblock of bypassing the plant's water treatment system 14 times in 2005 and 2006.
The company said the problems were unintentional and solved by completing a $1.4 million pretreatment facility upgrade in 2006.
A federal judge in Winston-Salem this year dismissed the original 2009 criminal case because prosecutors failed to bring it to a speedy trial, but said the government could revive charges later.
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