BLAIR – The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality is issuing a new violation notice to Big Ox Energy, in addition to other notices already issued over odor issues. The state agency sent Big Ox Energy a notice Monday alleging violations of Nebraska air quality regulations and the plant’s air quality construction permit. Big Ox received a separate violation notice last month. The department is asking the South Sioux City plant to submit emissions records. Each violation could result in penalties up to $10,000 per day.
Big Ox has had recycling digester issues for months. State investigators say the plant has spilled sludge onto private property. The runoff’s environmental impact remains under investigation. Company spokesman Kevin Bradley says most of the affected area has been cleaned up. He says the plant is “fully cooperating” with the department. Big Ox Energy has proposed a plant for Blair, though construction has not yet begun on that facility.