“We don’t want to be known as the town where people don’t want to move because it stinks,” said Zumbrota City Councilor Sarah Durhman, right before she recommended the Dairy Farmers of America’s cheese plant’s license to operate be suspended. 

Zumbrota County, Minnesota is home to the Dairy Farmers of America’s cheese plant. Since 2009, the DFA plant has had minimal biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) violations. This year however, is a different story.

In a city council meeting last Thursday, it came to light that DFA has violated permitted BOD levels for 20 out of the past 30 days, causing a pungent smell to hover over the town. No one from the DFA was present at the City Council meeting Thursday for comment.

The DFA has compiled upwards of $70,000 in fines, in two months. Not only have they put themselves into a hole but also brought the city’s waste water treatment plant into the haze.

According to the Republican-Eagle, the runoff has caused the city’s waste water treatment plant to be in violation of its Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) permit.  

Because DFA committed 20 violations in a 60-day span, the city can suspend their permit if they so choose.

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Source: Red Wing Republican Eagle