Riceville, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says it has traced a September 28th fish kill on a tributary of the Wapsipinicon River south of Riceville in Howard County to an energy plant. D-N-R spokesman Chris Gelner says waste from Big Ox Energy run by Trent Linkenmeyer is believed to be the source of the high ammonia levels that caused the fish kill.
He says the plant turns waste into energy.
Gelner says the byproduct of the process is liquid fertilizer and solids, which have to be properly handled.
Gelner says Linkenmeyer faces a fine and restitution.
Gelner says they report on the number of fish killed has not yet been completed. There were live fish found above where the material had been applied, and dead fish below.