- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - Grand Island residents are raising a stink over a putrid pile of byproduct from a local meatpacking plant.

“I’ve got people a mile away complaining,” said Hall County Supervisor Steve Schuppan, who represents the area.

He told The Grand Island Independent (https://bit.ly/1yYbvvj ) that he’ll talk to the county board about the odor problem at a meeting this week.

A county board panel issued a special permit earlier this year to allow Chamness Technologies, a waste management service, to spread livestock waste from the JBS meatpacking plant on farm ground.

But Schuppan said Chamness hasn’t spread anything for a long time, allowing the waste to decay. The waste can serve as a fertilizer to cropland, but if it isn’t worked into the ground right away, it ferments.

“This is rotten crap and if it’s not handled and worked in properly, it’s a problem,” Schuppan said.

An email seeking comment was sent Tuesday to Chamness Technology.

Some officials think a permanent site to house and recycle the waste may be the best solution. Schuppan said another possibility is to ban the byproduct, but he doesn’t want cattle feeders to get caught in regulations.

“I don’t really have any solutions,” Schuppan said. “But Tuesday, I’ll make sure the county board is aware of the problem.”

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Information from: The Grand Island Independent, https://www.theindependent.com


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