The Louisville Air Pollution Control District has ordered Swift and Company to reduce the odors coming from its Butchertown pork processing operation. Dozens of residents have called to complain about the bad smell in the neighborhood. Now, District spokesman Matt Stull says Swift officials must pay a $48,000 dollar fine and install new technology at the plant.
“By December 22nd they have to submit an application to construct what’s known as a new scrubber. And that in essence scrubs the odors coming from the plant.”
From then they’ll have 60 days to install the equipment. Stull says the plant ran afoul of regulations by not using odor control technology properly as well as not having enough controls in place. Swift officials did not return messages regarding this violation.