Officials in South Sioux City are trying a new plan to eliminate the odor that forced some residents to leave their homes.
The odor originates from the nearby Big Ox Energy plant and has spread through sewer lines beneath area homes.
The new long term solution for the odor includes installing a separate industrial waste line, which would isolate the residential areas from industrial wastewater.
Rob Baker, one of the affected residents displaced from his home, says he’s hopeful this plan will work:
OC…..out of their homes. ;18
The South Sioux City Council has also approved an agreement to begin testing for hydrogen sulfide in the homes affected by the odor.
One home is also being used as a test for clean up efforts.
Baker says that will also take time.
OC………some residue. ;24
Around 60 homes have signed up for the testing, which will begin Thursday.
As of now Baker says the affected families will likely be displaced through the holidays.