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Kane Beef processing plant temporarily closed by wastewater system problem

Posted: 12:02 PM, Jan 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-25 10:40:00-05

A problem with the wastewater system has forced a temporary shutdown at Kane Beef Processors that has sent hundreds of workers home for the day.

The city notified the company Thursday afternoon that the wastewater used in processing the cattle was no longer meeting standards. The city stopped accepting the plant’s wastewater.

Some of the wastewater apparently spilled on the property but was contained.

A Kane spokesperson told KRIS-TV that the company is working on the problem.

City officials conducted a hearing with Kane representatives this morning about the disconnection of services for unauthorized discharge in the City’s wastewater system and possible revocation of the company’s wastewater permit.

Kane representatives provided a plan to address non-compliant wastewater issues.

And in response to complaints regarding odor from the plant, the City does not regulate air quality issues.

The hearing has been suspended until 9 a.m. Thursday to allow Kane officials the opportunity to engage in follow up action.

Kane workers were sent home earlier today and the company hopes to resume operations by Monday.

This is a developing story and we’ll have more on it throughout the day.