Spring Valley Lake residents have been complaining about the smells coming from Nutro’s Victorville pet food plant since May 2006. And now, the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District has given the company another year to get rid of the rotten smell.
Nutro must have a custom-built Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO), or afterburner, running at the factory by the end of 2008.
The company has already spent $4 million on other technology to reduce odors, but neighbors said that odors were still detectable. They complain that they have to use their air-conditioning year-round to avoid the smell, and that the odors have decreased property values.
In June, the air district notified the company of their violation and said that the company could potentially be fined $10,000 a day if the odor was not completely undetectable. Officials said fines could be reduced if the company shows good behavior (what is this — kindergarten?).
When asked why they didn’t put in the RTO earlier, the general manger of the Nutro plant said that he thought the other devices they invested in would solve the odor problem.
One Spring Valley Lake resident voiced his concerns with the timeline, “I think that itâ€™s really not acceptable. I think they ought to look at ways to cut down their production or cease production until they can solve the problem.”
Source: Daily Press