Lyons & Tuna Plant Tackle Discharge
Wednesday, 31 March 2010

March 31--  Officials of a new tuna plant and the city of Lyons are working to fix an environmental problem. 

Discharge from the new Chicken of the Sea Plant north of Lyons is beyond environmental limits imposed by the state Environmental Protection Division, according to Lyons city manager Rick Hartley.  He says too much soybean and olive oils from the plant are being flushed through the city's sewage treatment system into Swift Creek.

"We have to treat all sewage and have it pretty clear when it goes back into the creek.  It's not harmful, but it's not clear," he reports.

Chicken of the Sea Plant manager Ian Boatwood says plant officials are working on correcting the problem which was unanticipated.  "It's something we didn't anticipate up front and we're moving swiftly to take corrective action.  We're segregating the flow where we've got some oil getting into the system.  We're putting in a tank where we will separate off the oil and recover it and remove a good amount of oil out of that stream," he says.

Meanwhile, the city of Lyons is paying a contractor $200 a day to monitor sewage in and out of the city wastewater treatment plant.  Hartley says Chicken of the Sea will reimburse the city for the cost.




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