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Chicken plant pollutes creek feeding into Lake Lanier


I eat a lot of chicken. It's healthy and relatively cheap. My kids like it. I can grab chicken breasts from the fridge and have dinner ready in about 15 minutes.

So, reporting this story has been an interesting experience It's pulled back the curtain just a bit on an industry that 's a part of my weekly grocery run.

What we uncovered is that the state has been less than aggressive in policing chicken plant waste at a pair of north Georgia plants that slaughter and process millions of birds a week. The bacteria found in chicken feces has found it's way into a creek that feeds into Lake Lanier, a key water source for metro Atlanta.

Read the full story at MyAJC.com. You can also get a sense of what we found from an interview I did at Georgia Public Broadcasting. I was joined in the studio by Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Jason Ulseth.

Here's a link to the audio of that interview:


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Shannon McCaffrey is a senior editor for the Crime & Public Safety team.