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Odors draw complaints at feed plant

The immediate problem appears to be solved, but state investigators are still trying to figure out how rotten organic matter was allowed to cause a stink at Rosemount's Endres Processing.

Earlier this month Dakota County ordered Endres to clean up rotten organic matter outside its Rosemount plant. The plant is located on the east side of Rosemount at 13420 Courthouse Blvd.

The county's environmental management office conducted an inspection of the plant after receiving a complaint of unpleasant smells at the plant, which turns bakery and food byproducts into animal feed.

According to the report, on June 9 an inspector found that storm water from the west side of the building contained rotten organic matter, which was causing the stench. The inspector ordered that the plant come up with a timeline by last week for a plan to address the issue.

According to Dakota County communications director Sharon Madsen Endres submitted the plan on time and has taken care of the issue.

While the smell has been taken care of, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is still trying to determine what was causing the organic matter to leak into the storm

Chelsea Domeier from the MPCA confirmed the agency is further investigating the issue. She said the MPCA won't release any more information until the investigation is complete.

Calls to Endres Processing were not returned.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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