Some residents in Rantoul are complaining about sludge being dumped in a farm field, but the source of the sludge said it's not part of the problem.
A spokesperson for Rantoul Foods said its plant gives sludge to John Clifford, a local farmer, who then spreads it on his field as a fertilizer. The company said that all the permits are in place for that but said that it doesn't have control over whether Clifford is dumping the sludge properly.
Either way, the practice hasn't set well with some local residents, who are complaining about the smell and health affects.
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency spokesman Andrew Mason said the group is asking the plant for more information on the issue.