GRAFTON, Ill. (KMOV.com) – A foul smell from a manufacturing plant has residents in Grafton concerned, and they want to know what can be done to fix the situation.
The source of the smell is the processing plant of The American Heartland Fish. The plant opened six months ago and sources said they’ve processed an estimated one million pounds of Asian carp. Residents said that the increase in fish processing has caused the pungent smell.
“When they are cooking it, it smells like burnt fish, and it makes you sick. It’s the worst smell ever,” said Emily Carpunky, a Grafton resident. “Sometimes when the fish come in, it smells like dead fish,” she added.
The plant grounds the fish up into fish meal and omega-3 oil. The fish meal is used for animal feed and the omega-3 is sold.
The owners of the plant said they are aware of the smell and are working on a solution.
According to the Mayor of Grafton, Tom Thompson, inspectors with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are very concerned and will be at the plant later this week to address the environmental concerns.
Those who have complaints about the smell in Grafton can express their concerns at the meeting Tuesday night at Grafton City Hall. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.