Residents in Spring Valley Lake, California seem hopeless and baffled at what to do with the smells coming from the nearby Nutro Products pet food plant. The odor is taking over their community. Another city, Ogden, Utah, bought a Nasal Ranger to crack down on the smells coming from an American Nutrition pet food plant.
Residents are complaining about the smells and said the odors are getting worse from the pet food plant. They added that they can no longer run into their house to avoid the smell. One resident said that Nutro must be laughing at the whole community once they shut their doors.
Many want the plant to be shut down until the odor problem can be fixed, but a court order would be required.
A spokeswoman for the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management: â€œWorking on a cooperative compliance agreement is the fastest way to achieve what weâ€™re all looking for, a quick and equitable solution that will finally bring an end to the odors that have plagued Spring Valley Lake for long enough. We realize that it has to stop, and this is the quickest way to do that, rather than getting mired in years of legal action.â€
The district is requiring Nutro to install a regenerative thermal oxidizer, which incinerates volatile organic compounds and other organic matter at temperatures of about 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit. But the plan won’t be finalized until mid-October, and an estimated completion date is uncertain.
Residents said that the city needs to go after Nutro and fine them until they fix the problem.
The Nutro pet food plant opened in March 2006, and residents in the surrounding areas began to complain about the smell in May 2006.
The plant manager said the company has already spent about $4 million on installing carbon filters and extending the plant’s chimney.
Despite this, the residents say the odor is still there and wonder if it will go away any time soon.
Source: Daily Press