Study: Illinois pork processor releases nitrogen into waterways

Environmental Integrity Project showed that JBS released 1,850 pounds of nitrogen daily from its Beardstown, Ill. plant into an Illinois River tributary.

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BEARDSTOWN, ILL, OCT 25, 2018 -- A new report says a central Illinois pork-processing plant released more nitrogen from animal waste into waterways than any other slaughterhouse in the U.S.

The report, from Environmental Integrity Project, looked at close to 100 meat processors in the US and found that JBS released 1,850 pounds of nitrogen daily from its Beardstown, Ill. plant into an Illinois River tributary. The discharges are within Clean Water Act limits.

The Chicago Tribune reports the plant produces more than 1 billion pounds of pork annually.

discharges are within limits placed by the Clean Water Act.

JBS officials contested the report.

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