Issues slow SD beef packer operations

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Wastewater issues are the latest hurdle to the ongoing list of delays that have kept Northern Beef Packers from running at full capacity.

The new processing plant in Aberdeen, S.D., is limited to slaughtering 125 cattle per day due to multiple infractions of its wastewater permit found between Oct. 16 and Oct. 31. The Aberdeen News reports the plant has failed to monitor pollutants, properly operate its treatment lagoons and does not have a certified wastewater supervisor on staff. The violations do not pose an immediate threat to the local water system.

Northern Beef Packers has 10 days to correct the violations, in that time the plant will operate with limited production.

The processing plant has been incessantly delayed since plans were initially announced in 2006 and investors have contributed more than $109 million to the project. The first cow was processed on Oct. 16.

The Mitchell Daily Republic reports the plant will emply almost 600 people and will process 1,500 head per day at full capacity.



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