RAEFORD, N.C. (AP) -- A federal indictment says a North Carolina poultry processor charged with discharging untreated wastewater that may have included turkey blood and body parts wouldn't slow its processes.
A federal grand jury indictment released Tuesday says the treatment system at the House of Raeford processing plant couldn't handle the 1 million gallons of wastewater produced daily.
The indictment says at least 14 times in 2005 and 2006 House of Raeford Farms and plant manager Gregory Steenblock knowingly pumped untreated water into Raeford's sewage plant.
The company says it and its employees are innocent. The company processes chickens and turkeys in eight plants in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana and Michigan.