Hollister Residents Keeping Eye On Chobani's Excess Whey


By Jay Michaels and Aimee Burnett

Hollister, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Changes are underway at the Chobani plant. This after Hollister residents complained about the company dumping its whey southeast of the town. This is a story we first told you about earlier this year.

Chobani truck traffic has slowed along 2700 East just southeast of Hollister. But earlier this year, trucks hired by the company were dumping whey in the area. The mayor of Hollister explains it was happening round the clock.

Since then, the number of trucks on the road has been cut back substantially to only five or six a day. Chobani representatives and others involved in the process met with local citizens recently.

Hollister Mayor Dixie Choate says, "We got to see the new lined lagoon, or pond. They have a very nice dump site, they demonstrated how they dumped the whey."

Chobani has announced plans to install a reverse osmosis facility at its plant near Twin Falls. Mayor Choate has heard that's scheduled to be completed in April of next year. Once it's up and running, that should do away with all the dumping.

Choate says, "If they had come to the local people and told them what was happening, given them some kind of idea, then people wouldn't be as testy as they are right now. They are some that are going to be watching them very closely."

Chobani issued the following statement regarding the proposed reverse osmosis plant.

"The project remains on schedule. We're committed to finding the most responsible uses for whey and being a good community partner, and we're constantly exploring the best ideas and options for beneficial whey use."

Mayor Choate points out that Hollister residents are now expecting Chobani to live up to its proposals.

November 20, 2013.

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