- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 13, 2016

SIBLEY, Iowa (AP) - Sibley leaders are studying the city’s options after owners of a processing plant didn’t meet a deadline to provide $50,000 to help reduce odors coming from the facility.

Iowa Drying and Processing had until Monday turn in the money, the Sioux City Journal (https://bit.ly/1NowfPW ) reports. City administrator Glenn Anderson says the city’s attorney is reviewing the types of action that can be taken to get the company to subdue the strong smell that has brought numerous complaints and citations.

The funds from the processing plant would have been used to hire an engineer to study the plant and determine how it could decrease the odor.

The plant’s chief financial officer, Jim Reidy, said the company met with city and economic development leaders and informed them of its products and processes before buying the plant in 2012. Anderson said that residents have been complaining about the odors for two years.

“Our mission has not changed,” Reidy said.

Reidy said that many of the complaints came between January and mid-March, a time at which the plant processed a particular project seven days a week to meet a customer’s needs. During that time, the city issued a total of $18,000 in city code violation citations that still haven’t been paid.

“One product in particular brought in this year created a problem,” Reidy said. “We voluntarily stopped producing that product.”

Reidy said the smell had improved since then, and the company has been in constant contact with city leaders about odor abatement. He said the company is willing to cooperate with the city to help determine an appropriate air quality standard.

“We need the city to define what the standard is for us,” he said. “We can’t develop equipment to abate until we know what the end goal is. We have successfully abated the problem for now, but we’re working with the city to find a long-term solution. We both feel we can work together to find a solution.”

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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