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NDEQ: Western Sugar retention pond source of odor issues

NDEQ: Western Sugar retention pond source of odor issues
Western Sugar retention pond (Strang/RRN/KNEB)

Nebraska’s Department of Environmental Quality confirms it is aware of odor problems that have permeated the Scottsbluff-Gering area for the past several months.

Spokesperson Brian McManus says the issue, first reported by citizens in late April, stems from a Western Sugar retention pond.

McManus says when an inspector was out this spring he noticed the odor issue and had discussions with company officials about the retention pond being “problematic”. McManus says the inspector was told the company was in the process of phasing out the retention pond.

The pond causing the issue is in the eastern end of Scottsbluff, and McManus says there is no specific timeline for getting the problem resolved. But he noted Western Sugar has indicated the situation could be corrected as early as a month from now.

McManus says Western Sugar has been cooperative in trying to address the situation so it’s too early to say whether the company could face any fines because of the odor.

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