Plant smells annoy some in E. Iowa city of Wilton

WILTON, Iowa (AP) — Some people in the eastern Iowa city of Wilton are complaining about smells emanating from a new plant that produces animal food.

The Muscatine Journal reports (http://bit.ly/H3X8MJ ) the issue came up at a Monday night City Council meeting when resident William Locey told members the air was so bad at times that, “you can’t breathe it.”

City Administrator Chris Ball says managers of the Vitalix plant have assured him the smell isn’t hazardous and that the company is considering options for reducing odors.

Those options include capturing fumes from a smoke stack and returning it to the plant and using a water curtain to reduce smells.

Council member Bob Barrett noted Vitalix promised officials that smells wouldn’t be a problem when they sought to build a plant in Wilton.

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Information from: Muscatine Journal, http://www.muscatinejournal.com

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