Lowell biodigester in compliance before stink deadline

The Lowell Energy AD biodigester. (Aug. 22, 2016)

LOWELL, Mich. (WOOD) — The company that runs the Lowell biodigester is in compliance with an order to stop the smell that has been annoying residents for months, officials say.

Lowell Energy AD, the company that runs the waste-to-energy plant, had until the end of Tuesday to stop the stench. Tuesday afternoon, the city said it was in compliance. Officials said the last complaint about the smell was last week.

The city says the company added a carbon filter system and duct work to stop the odor, which was described as a cross between raw sewage and animal carcasses.

If the smell comes back later, the plant will have seven days to get it under control or it must shut down.