Lowell biodigester cited for leak, stink during shutdown

Lowell biodigester
The biodigester in Lowell. (Sept. 19, 2016)

LOWELL, Mich. (WOOD) — The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is trying to determine if a substance that leaked out of Lowell’s troubled biodigester made it into the city’s storm sewer.

Lowell City Manager Mike Burns says the plant suffered a valve issue Saturday and something happened inside the biodigester that caused a substance to leak from it.

Owner and operator Lowell Energy AD has been cited three times since Saturday for the leak and the return of the stink that’s been plaguing the plant for months.

Lowell Energy AD has been winding down the plant since the city council ordered its closure last week. However, the closure isn’t as simple as pressing a button.

The city expects to receive an official notice from Lowell Energy AD about its shutdown Tuesday.