A public hearing will be held Wednesday to address new controls for pollution for an animal rendering plant in Howard.
The hearing will be this afternoon at 3 p.m. at the Howard Village Hall.
Today’s hearing is so neighbors can testify as the state examines the plant’s air-pollution permit. The state also is accepting written comments until June 11 at Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Northeast Region Headquarters, 2984 Shawano Avenue, Green Bay WI 54313-6727, attn: Carol Crawford.
People living near the Sanimax Plant recently filed a lawsuit over odor coming from the plant.
Former Green Bay Press-Gazette reporter Scott Williams persuaded state regulators to re-examine Sanimax’s air-pollution permit and also to conduct a public hearing.
“This is a significant step forward on a public nuisance that has been neglected for far too long,” Williams said. “If this permit is enacted, it will make Sanimax a better neighbor and allow the plant to continue to operate, while also clearing the air for nearby residents.”
Williams says said the upgraded permit requires Sanimax management to do a better job of maintaining equipment and processing emissions in a way that releases less objectionable odor into surrounding neighborhoods in Howard, Green Bay and Hobart.
“We have won an important victory here,” Williams said. “Now let’s stay united and continue working to make sure Sanimax and its neighbors can co-exist for many years to come.”
Recently, Sanimax proposed modifying it’s existing boilers, rendering operations and cooling towers to better treat all emissions to comply with the DNR.
Sanimax recycles byproducts from the agricultural industry to produce pet food, fertilizer and other consumer goods.
Neighbors have long complained about foul odors, but county and state officials have been unable to find a solution to the issue.