- Associated Press - Friday, September 23, 2016

LOWELL, Mich. (AP) - The operator of a biodigester in western Michigan has until Nov. 1 to curb odors in the area or it could be shut down.

The Grand Rapids Press reports (https://bit.ly/2dmfw5z ) Lowell city and utility leaders met Thursday and decided to let Lowell Energy AD proceed with another odor-elimination plan. The plant operator first plans to install a filter and cover an outside wastewater treatment vat.

Bruce Koetter, vice president Webster Environmental Associates, says it’s a “temporary fix.” The company was hired by Lowell Energy to deal with the problem.

Lowell Energy last year opened the biodigester, which converts a mix of beer waste, salad dressing and manure into methane gas that powers a turbine and generates electricity. The biodigester has a 20-year deal to sell electricity to the city’s utility.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, https://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids

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