Birds Eye Sprinkling system
FENNVILLE, Mich. (AP) -- A mediator has been unable to settle a lawsuit by property owners who say their wells were contaminated by a fruit cannery in southwestern Michigan.
Grand Rapids lawyer Jon Muth last week notified a federal judge that mediation has ended without a deal.
Birds Eye Foods is accused of spoiling groundwater by spraying wastewater for years onto fields in the Fennville area, 50 miles southwest of Grand Rapids. The cannery produces fruit fillings, sauces and glazes.
A lawsuit in Kalamazoo federal court says the company should have known about the dangers of spraying wastewater laced with chemicals. A new treatment system was announced in 2010.