St. Charles City Council members raise a stink over Smithfield odor

Two Smithfield representatives met this month with the St. Charles Government Operations Committee to explain the source of the odors — scrap meat in plant wastewater and other liquid waste — and to outline recent steps to mitigate the smells. The company has upgraded its wastewater treatment programs and installed a $350,000 odor control system that detects and treats smells from wastewater in addition to adding wastewater consultants