FREMONT – Citizens with concerns about the planned Costco chicken processing plant were given the chance to ask their questions and have them answered on Tuesday.
The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality held an information session at the Christensen Field multipurpose building in Fremont. A public hearing was not required, but Lincoln Premium Poultry requested the hearing.
The information session had tables and pamphlets that covered information on agriculture, environmental regulations for poultry operations in the state, the Fremont Wastewater Treatment Facility, and information on the department’s preparations to issue the facility an air quality construction permit. The big concerns they planned to address were the air quality and pollution concerns.
Air Quality Division Administrator, Kevin Stoner says the main concern they heard was the possible pollutants the plant would emit.
“So some of the concerns that we have heard is in regard to the pollutants that the facility is going to emit, and so we have taken a look at those and determined that we limit the facility to certain limits on those pollutants,” said Stoner. “We also then do compliance inspections, and insure that facility is in compliance with those limits that were put in the permit.”
Some of those limits will deal with the different types of pollutants, but the department will also require the facility to do performance testing. Those performance tests would be done at least once every two years, and help ensure the facility that they are meeting the limits placed in their permit.
People can still submit their concerns or questions in writing until Thursday. They can email email@example.com with their questions.