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Grain piles near Scribner prompt new restrictions

A fertilizer being spread on land northwest of Omaha caused complaints about an unnatural smell.
A fertilizer being spread on land northwest of Omaha caused complaints about an unnatural smell.
Published: May. 5, 2021 at 10:52 PM CDT
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SCRIBNER, Neb. (WOWT) - Residents of a town about 60 miles northwest of the Omaha-metro are getting relief from a terrible odor following a 6 News report on the matter.

Town residents and rural neighbors complained to 6 News about strong odors coming from piles of grain used to process ethanol. More than 65,000 tons of the bio-mass had been stored at the old Scribner airbase then sold to area farmers for fertilizer.

The storage piles are gone, and the Dodge County board adopted restrictions, should they return: Now, no grain byproduct can be stored within 1,500 feet of a home or well.

In addition, a grain storage operation has to shut down after six months with no fertilizer left behind, and any violations could lead to a misdemeanor charge against the operators of the storage facility.

Due to a digital producer’s error, a previous version of this story made an incorrect reference to an ethanol plant. 6 News regrets the error.

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