The slaughterhouse, based in the Dallas area, was accused of spilling pig blood in a creek near the plant, polluting the Trinity River. The company released a statement saying the incident was accidental and had been resolved.
“We discovered that a clog in the sewer line had caused the flow to back up into an overflow vent pipe in the creek drainage area. Since then the clog has been removed, and the lines are flowing cleanly into the city’s sewer main in compliance with city code.
“This incident was an accident that the entire Ondrusek family and our employees deeply regret. We are proud of our record of compliance. We are continuing to work with city officials to address any and all remaining concerns,” Columbia Packing said.
The Dallas County Health Department refused to comment on the issue.