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by Carol Harris, Branson area, and Mary Engler-Guccione, Joplin area

The wastewater treatment system at Simmons Food poultry processing plant, which was shut down late last month, is up and running again with the approval of the Department of Natural Resources.

The plant was shut down after waste leaked into a nearby waterway, causing a large fish kill. Normally, the plant processes 600,000 gallons of waste a day. The DNR is allowing half of that amount to be processed until it can be sure all components are working properly.

During the period when the plant was not allowed to treat waste, it continued to process poultry, shipping the waste for treatment elsewhere.

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