Dust Explosion at OR Pet Food Maker

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 @ 06:08 PM gHale

A worker suffered an injury after an explosion and fire Wednesday night in the bag house of 3D Idapro Solutions’ dehydration plant in Stanfield, OR, officials said.

The city manager of Stanfield, Blair Larsen, said i the firm told him the event was a ‘dust explosion.’”

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Officials said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Two additional fires have broken out at the site within recent months.

3D Idapro, based in Burley, ID, operates three facilities in the U.S. and processes potatoes and carrots for the pet food industry, according to the company’s website.

An employee was transported to an area hospital with injuries from the incident. Two scrubbers and some bags were burned in the incident, said Fire Marshal Tom Bohm.

The plant has had at least two other fires in the past few months, including one in February that burned some of the facility’s scrubbers, or air purification equipment.

Residents have been complaining about the smell from the plant for the last several months. The smell, which residents have said hurts their noses and makes it nearly impossible to sit outside, gets worse if the wind is blowing toward the town.

A representative for the Department of Environmental Quality said they had been in communication with the plant’s operators, who had been responsive to their requests for a plan to mitigate the odors.

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