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12/26/2013 10:27:00 AM
Sustane responds

To the editor:

There were inaccurate statements in your article titled "CF eyes $20,000 for odor tech plan" that warrant a response of clarification. We found the article to represent only one side of the topic.

Sustane does not "steam" a "manure-bedding mixture" but rather aerobically composts raw materials at an off-site facility before the feedstock is delivered to the facility in the city industrial park. The "steam" that is released through the earth filter at the manufacturing plant is water vapor that has been removed from stable compost during dehydration. There is no ammonia present in the finished compost that is delivered to the Sustane plant.

Second, the author reported a comment from City Administrator Aaron Reeves that read that "We are involving them every step of the way." This is not true. Sustane met one time this past autumn with the City administrator. During our meeting, the Administrator offered that Sustane representatives would be invited back to listen in and participate in a proposal of the monitoring equipment that the City might consider utilizing. This did not happen. Sustane was not invited to participate further.

Sustane Natural Fertilizer is the longest, continuous operating business in the Cannon Falls Industrial Park. Sustane is committed to operating a safe manufacturing facility for its employees and providing the least intrusive amount of emissions that technology allows. Sustane is a business that has never asked for a handout from the City - nor been given one; and has never been visited the Economic Development Authority. The company continues to explore, evaluate and deploy the latest technologies and systems that can improve operating conditions.

Sustane has received seven complaints regarding odor over the past five years; Sustane's employees have always been responsive to outside complaints and continue to do our best to correct occasional process upsets that may have caused a complaint. The company remains committed to being the best neighbor that it can be. Mutual cooperation and open dialogue toward resolving common challenges are almost invariably more effective and less costly to all than are closed strategic planning sessions and the threat of legal action.


Craig Holden

Sustane Natural Fertilizer, Inc.

Cannon Falls, MN

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