Sticky Dog Food Spill
The chicken fat's gone, and the creek is no longer contaminated. But, Royal Canin is cleaning up its legal mess. The plant manager says Royal Canin's contractor improperly installed a pipe and, after a faulty seal burst, the Rolla Rural Fire Department had to clean up the spill.
"There was gobs of just chicken fat laying on top of the water," said Ron Smith of Rolla Fire and Rescue. "And, in some cases that's all that there was. There was no water underneath it. It was pure fat just coming down through the creek system."
No one from the Rolla plant would comment, but Royal Canin's lawyer says the cleanup was successful, and the company's happy to put the incident behind it.
Royal Canin admitted violating the Clean Water Act, and is paying more fines for not following its spill control plan.
Royal Canin also voluntarily reimbursed the Rolla Rural Fire Department for helping with the cleanup. A farmer saw chicken fat spilling onto his farm in early April and Royal Canin immediately began the cleanup.
Rolla's is the only U.S. facility among Royal Canin's seven plants.