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Brown County committee takes up smelly plant issue

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GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A Brown County committee will discuss moving a west side Green Bay plant over ongoing odor problems.

Leaders continue to get complaints from people who live near the Sanimax plant, near Highways 29 and 41.

“Some days it’s so terrible that you don’t even want to be outside. It’s really strong,” Nichole Moore, who lives near the plant, tells FOX 11.

The company process animal byproducts and food waste that produces a smell that has led to dozens of complaints from neighbors over the years.

It's been an issue brought up at previous Brown County board meetings. Sanimax officials say they're continually working to cut down on the stench.

The company says it’s spent more than a million dollars on equipment to try to resolve the issue.

“I understand that the business, that they’re in is a smelly business, and we will have an odor every once in a while. But we really want to see them mitigate it, and I don’t know if they are really, truthfully, putting the best resources forward,” Brown County Supervisor Patrick Evans told FOX 11.

A Brown County committee will discuss moving the problematic plant south to county owned land in the town of Holland at a meeting Monday night.

Green Bay alderman Mark Steuer’s district is one area that’s affected by the small.

“I think that Sanimax, they feel that they might be being unduly persecuted on this…that we’re going after them. I think the big thing is that we’re citizens and we just want to see something done,” Steuer said.

In 2012, the Brown County Board considered changing an ordinance that would fine a company based on the number of odor complaints filed. It was not approved.

(Additional reporting from FOX 11)

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