Mason City, Iowa (AP) – Prestage Foods is working to obtain the environmental permits it needs to build a $240 million pork processing plant in Mason City.
The company will need to secure final approval from the city and environmental regulators before it can build the plant.
The environmental review process will address how much water the plant will need, how its wastewater would be treated and what effect it might have on air quality.
Many of the roughly 200 people who attended a hearing on the project earlier this month urged city officials to reject it.
The City Council is planning hearings on April 21 and May 3 before deciding whether to approve the development agreement with Prestage.
The company hopes to have the plant operational by mid-2018.