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Rantoul Foods' Solution to Pork Sludge Problem

RANTOUL--Heres an update to a story we first broke in June.

Its a follow up in a response to several neighbors complaining of a foul odor coming from a Rantoul food processing company pork sludge in farm fields.

Rantoul Foods presented a plan to the village board last night about how they will address this issue.

They plan to build a $10 Million rendering plant, also known as a byproduct recovery system.

This would help process waste and keep the sludge on the companys grounds, meaning no more dumping in farm fields.

Rantoul Foods president says this plant was part of their plan all along but because of the recent complaints and issues coming from nearby neighbors, they have decided building this new plant is now their top priority.

As you know weve been in the news not good, but bad part of it because of a smell problem. We want to be good neighbors, and so weve taken steps to correct this situation. First step weve taken is that we are treating the particulate at our plant with lime as we are creating it.

Rantoul Village Board member Anthony Brown says every member believes this issue needs to be address immediately.

For now, the company says theyll continue using lime to treat the sludge which will continue to be disposed of in local farm fields until the plant is built.

Rantoul Foods hopes to break ground this winter and have the plant completed by fall 2014.

ABC Newschannel 15's Marine Glisovic reports.