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Citizens advocacy group moves in rendering plant case

The Emmet County Citizens Advocacy Group, Inc. filed a motion to intervene in the case of Emmet County v. Farmers Union Industries Tuesday

December 12, 2018
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer (apeterson@esthervillenews.net) , Estherville News

The Emmet County Citizens Advocacy Group, Inc., formed several weeks ago in response to the continuing odor issue at Central Bi-Products rendering plant in Estherville, has filed a motion to intervene in the lawsuit filed by Emmet County against the parent company of Central Bi-Products, Farmers Union Industries. Nine local citizens have filed declarations in support of intervention in the case. Previously, the Emmet County Citizens Advocacy Group, Inc. and its attorney, James Larew, voiced concern about the alleged lack of transparency in the negotiations between the county and Farmers Union Industries. Officers of the Citizens Advocacy Group requested at a county supervisors meeting last month that the group have representation in the negotiations and the public have a period of review of any agreement between the county and the company before it is signed. Incoming county attorney Melanie Summers Bauler said due to the closed session nature of the negotiations, and the fact that adding parties to the negotiations would likely erase any progress made, that could not happen.

Larew, in the motion, stated that Emmet County Citizens Advocacy Group, Inc. has standing to intervene as a right under the Iowa Rules of Civil Procedure.

See more in Thursday's edition of the Estherville News.

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