Skip to main content
You have permission to edit this article.
South Sioux City Council OKs settlement over biogas plant
editor's pick

South Sioux City Council OKs settlement over biogas plant

  • Updated
  • 0
Big Ox Energy

The Big Ox Energy plant in South Sioux City shut down in 2019 after odor complaints from neighbors.

SOUTH SIOUX CITY — The South Sioux City Council has approved payment of $500,000 to settle its part in 16 lawsuits filed against the city and a now-defunct biogas plant by homeowners who accused the plant of sending rancid fumes through the city sewer system and ruining their homes.

The settlement calls for the city, Big Ox Energy, three insurance companies and two other companies to pay a combined $1.75 million, which will be divided among the homeowners. The city council approved South Sioux City's portion Monday.

Big Ox began operations in September 2016, separating solids from industry wastewater to create methane. The plant sold the methane and injected it into a nearby natural gas pipeline. Big Ox was subject to odor complaints soon after it began operations and was cited for numerous environmental violations until it shut down in 2019.

Neither South Sioux City and Big Ox, which have both denied the homeowners’ claims, admit liability in the settlement. After the complaints and lawsuit, Big Ox in turn sued two other companies. The first was former soybean processor CHS Inc., which it said illegally released acidic wastewater into the city’s sewer system. The second was Olsson Inc., an engineering firm that Big Ox said recommended wastewater from its plant be routed through a sewer main that ran through residential areas.

Nebraska revokes permits for troubled biogas plant
Nebraska energy plant ordered to pay unpaid landfill bills
Biogas plant's response blames others for big stink
12th homeowner sues northeast Nebraska plant for toxic odors

Be the first to know

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Most Popular

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.


News Alerts

Breaking News

Husker News