Krispy Kreme Fights Back

Doughnut plant accused of clogging NoVa sewers

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    No mention of what Krispy Kreme customers are doing to northern Virginia sewers.

    LORTON, Va. -- Krispy Kreme is countersuing Fairfax County in a dispute over a broken sewer, and the doughnut giant is pulling Prince William County into the legal battle.

    Fairfax County blamed years of yeast, grease and doughnut byproduct dumping for destroying the sewer that served Krispy Kreme's Lorton plant and sent the company a $1.9 million bill for repairs, which the Krispy Kreme wouldn't pay, so the county sued for that plus $17 million in penalties.

    Now Krispy Kreme is fighting back with its own lawsuit, the Washington Examiner reported. The suit argues Fairfax and Prince William counties should be fined $37,500 per day per violation of the Clean Water Act. It contends poor design and operation of the sewer system caused the problem, and since the plant's doughnut waste travels to a Prince William County treatment plant, they're included.

    Prince William County attorney Angela Horan told the Examiner the county shouldn't be named in the suit because it doesn't control the treatment plant, the Prince William County Service Authority does.

    Krispy Kreme did not return an Examiner request for comment.