Mountaire Water Contamination Case Moves Forward in Delaware

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Partnering with a Delaware law firm, Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. is filing suit in Sussex County, Delaware against Mountaire Farms for contamination of groundwater and related environmental violations.

For the past six months, our firm has done extensive investigative work to uncover the extent of contamination created by Mountaire through inappropriate disposal of almost two million gallons of wastewater and sludge each day.

Mountaire violated an EPA Consent Order from 2003 and a DNREC Notice in 2012.  Most recently, Mountaire was cited by the DNREC for over 100 violations in November, 2017. The harm caused by spraying of contaminated water on crops and application of poorly treated sewage to bare ground has caused injury and property damage.  Here are some of the steps our firm has taken to uncover the cause and extent of the contamination:

  • To create a fuller picture of the legacy and current conduct of Mountaire, we have reviewed thousands of pages of public records from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Delaware Geological Survey, and the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, among other resources.
  • Decisive, detailed investigation and the use of knowledgeable, respected experts is an important aspect of a well-organized lawsuit against individuals and corporations that intentionally or negligently cause injury and damage to others. We have retained and consulted more than a dozen experts to provide accurate assessment in areas including environmental engineering, sludge disposal, spray irrigation with wastewater, hydrogeology, real estate valuation, wastewater treatment, public health, and other specialties.
  • On the ground, our firm has conducted testing on more than 100 private wells in the Millsboro Community. Because of the inappropriate treatment and discharge of the sludge and improperly treated wastewater, contaminants like bacteria and nitrates have infiltrated some of these wells, exposing people who use the water to injury and illness.
  • Once released, wastewater percolates down through substrate into groundwater. We have worked with experts to map the likely path and spread of contaminants in the groundwater over time to identify what areas of the community may be at risk.
  • Part of our work has been community outreach, talking to hundreds of Millsboro residents to learn about how they have been impacted. We have spoken with community members and former employees of Mountaire about their conduct and practices over the years.

This extensive investigation by our firm points to Mountaire for the practices and decisions that have contaminated soil and water in the Millsboro Community over time.  The lawsuit filed by Baird Mandalas and Brockstedt and Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. moves the conversation about remediation, repair, and damages into a courtroom setting.

We will keep you informed as the litigation progresses.

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Schochor, Federico & Staton, P.A. has significant, successful experience obtaining money relief for victims in complex class action litigation.  This experience includes obtaining a $190 million settlement on behalf of the patients of Dr. Nikita Levy, a gynecologist practicing at Johns Hopkins Hospital. This is the largest settlement in U.S. history involving sexual misconduct by a physician. Additionally, we obtained a $123 million dollar recovery on behalf of patients of Sussex County pediatrician Earl Bradley.  For an individual client, the firm recently achieved a settlement of $14.5 million for a boy who suffered medical malpractice.

With more than 30 years of dedicated legal service to the communities of Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, D.C., Schochor, Federico & Staton, P.A. is here to listen and deliver strong representation if you are injured through medical mistake or negligence.  Contact us or call 410-234-1000 to schedule a free consultation about your case today.