- Associated Press - Saturday, December 24, 2016

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (AP) - Residents who were displaced by a Nebraska plant’s gas odors are demanding to know what steps are being taken to let them return to their homes.

Residents have been out of their homes since October because of harmful hydrogen sulfide gas that a Big Ox Energy plant pumped into sewer lines in South Sioux City, according to the Sioux City Journal (https://bit.ly/2hcmpXo ). A plug was placed to block the residential sewer line from the industrial line that Big Ox was using, but the smell has lingered.

South Sioux City Public Works Director Bob Livermore said that, starting next week, a team of people will meet with each homeowner to assess damages. The strength of the odor differs in each affected household in the five-block area.

“One of the things we need to do is sit down and go through each individual issue with improvements to make the decisions on what needs to be done in the home,” Livermore said.

Livermore said he is not sure who will be at the individual meetings with residents but said they may include contractors and South Sioux City and Big Ox officials.

The city has said that Big Ox will reimburse displaced residents for meals, laundry, hotels and other costs totaling about $336,000.

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


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