Asian carp plant stops operations in Grafton -

Asian carp plant stops operations in Grafton

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GRAFTON, Ill. (AP) -- The chief executive of a southern Illinois Asian carp processing plant says the facility has ceased operations ahead of a 30-day deadline to stop emitting rotten odors or shut down.

American Heartland Fish Products chief executive officer Gray Magee tells The (Alton) Telegraph that the Grafton site has temporarily stopped processing fish. The city gave the company the deadline on Oct. 22. A company attorney appealed but was denied.

Magee says the company is considering moving the plant and is in talks with three locations.

The multi-million-dollar plant opened in April, turning the invasive species into dehydrated meal and fish oil. Company officials told the city before it opened that there would be no foul smells.

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