Nebraska Egg Processor to Pay $827K Fine, Make $2M in Upgrades

July 9, 2020

A Nebraska egg processing company has agreed to invest $2 million in upgrades to its facility to limit pollution and pay an $827,500 fine as part of a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency and the state.

The EPA said that Henningsen Foods has installed equipment at its facility near David City, Nebraska, to reduce the amount of pollutants in the wastewater it sends to the city’s treatment plant. The pollutants are byproducts of egg processing and a cleaning solution used at the facility.

In the past, discharges from Henningsen’s operation caused David City to release too much ammonia and other substances that can harm fish and possibly people into a tributary of the North Fork of the Big Blue River on several occasions.

The upgrades Henningsen is making will help the company better monitor and treat pollutants in its wastewater. As part of those upgrades, the company is also helping pay for improvements to the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

Henningsen processes roughly 1.2 million eggs per day at its facility.

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