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What is the odor dogging Ripon plant?

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POSTED March 2, 2013 1:21 a.m.

From all indications, Diamond Pet Foods wants nothing more but to be a good neighbor.

Since expanding its West Coast operation about two years ago, the facility in the former 157-acre Neenah Paper Inc. mill has been just that.

But the Ripon City Council members recently heard complaints from several residents regarding odors coming from the plant.

For their part, they’ve established a group – not a committee – to provide information and updates to the public, according to Vice Mayor Chuck Winn.

“Diamond is working to correct the problem,” he said at the Feb. 19 meeting.

Planning Director Ken Zuidervaart added that Diamond even hired a consultant.

“(Diamond) worked with the air district to determine if the odor is an operational issue or if the cook schedule needed to be changed,” he said.

Furthermore, Zuidervaart noted that Diamond’s vice president of manufacturing in Missouri was also frustrated over this very problem.

At Tuesday’s Council meeting, Mark Ferguson, who is the Diamond plant manager, is scheduled to provide information on what his staff is doing to correct the odor problem.

This item is scheduled to be discussed at the 7 p.m. open session in the Council Chambers, 259 N. Wilma Ave.

For more information, call Ripon City Hall at 209-599-2108 or log on to www.cityofripon.org.

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