Do you want Northern Roseville – where Million-Dollar Homes are going up by the dozen to smell like sewage?
Lost in the shuffle of all this, is a newly approved development North of the Northern City Limit will be sandwiched in between the City Limit, the Right of Way for the Placer Parkway and the Athens Avenue Dump. If FCC gets the contract, that development will smell, Roseville North of Blue Oaks will smell and Anything anywhere near Fiddyment will be lit up making people think there is a Dairy in Modesto or Fresno City Hall near them.
You don’t believe me?
FCC uses a process that is outdated called the “Gore System”. Their process has proven to be a nuisance in multiple jurisdictions. WHY DO THE STAFF WANT TO BRING THIS TO ROSEVILLE???
State environmental regulators have ordered the shutdown of an industrial scale composting plant near the Port of Wilmington that critics say produced a years-long siege of foul odors affecting tens of thousands.
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary David Small said he would decline to re-issue a needed five-year “beneficial use” recycling determination for Peninsula Compost LLC’s Wilmington Organics Recycling Center along Christiana Avenue.
As of Tuesday, the company was prohibited from taking in new food or other organic wastes. Composting of materials on hand can continue until January, with all that remains afterward required to be removed by March.
“It’s disappointing, but it was clear that the facility was causing an undue burden on the communities in close proximity to the facility, the city of Wilmington and parts of New Castle County,” Small said.
I am wondering if the board need to bring in an independent auditor of the Staff to figure out where the due diligence went wrong.
That intent was soon knocked off track by unwanted materials in the center’s supply streams, operating troubles and a weak economy, among other factors. At one point, backlogged piles of compost caught fire and sent cloying smoke across the Port of Wilmington, briefly shutting it down.
Complaints about the plant’s distinctive odor surfaced in nearby disadvantaged neighborhoods, and eventually spread across the city, north to Brandywine Hundred and even across the Delaware River, to Pennsville, New Jersey.
But wait, there’s more:
The Delaware paper even made a map of locations where the FCC proposed technology plant was stinking up the large metropolitan area. Maybe FCC and their partner has set goals to emit their fragrance to Lincoln and Rocklin because Roseville is just not enough.
“The problem that we have now is that we have stigma that it smells in American Fork and Pleasant Grove and therefore we are having a difficult time getting new tenants and some of our larger tenants, if we don’t fix this problem, they are not going to renew,” Robinson said.
The irony is that those suing the facility are also partners in it. But American Fork and Pleasant Grove cities say they can’t get the other municipalities to stop the composting, which they claim is costing them millions in lost tax revenue.
“When the wind blows or things smell, it moves right into Pleasant Grove and into American Fork, and that becomes our issue,” said Pleasant Grove City administrator Scott Darrington.
The facility operator said $16 million have been invested to improve the composting process, which helps to dispose of human waste.
The $425 million dollar lawsuit may just be an attention getter to stop the facility from composting on this site. The plaintiffs want the composting to be moved to a different location, or have the human waste hauled to the landfill.
Perhaps FCC is as naive as staff, since they chose a partner and technology that literally can’t handle their s–t.
Where is the staff of the district? Why did they ignore this easy-to-find information on FCC? Or, did they just want to go to Spain on a Junket? Someone, help your intrepid blogger out here – this really stinks.
But – the coup’d’etat is in Washington. Yes, the people’s Republic of Washington.
In 2009 – the Cedar Grove facility of FCC’s partner technology was stinking up Marysville and Everett Washington. The local Rags were complaining about it:
Officials at Cedar Grove Composting say it has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to get rid of the smell from its Smith Island plant and downwind residents should notice the difference once the warm weather starts.
Yard and food waste from throughout Snohomish County and North King County is trucked to the plant between Everett and Marysville, where it is turned into compost. Last summer, however, an odor from the plant began to overwhelm much of the area.
The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency ordered Cedar Grove to get rid of the stench. Company officials say they have taken a number of steps, including planting 500 trees to absorb odors and act as a windbreak.
You won’t be able to plant 500 trees at the Athens Road Dump.
Unlike many citizen activists, Davis does not play the role of a grouchy outsider. Marysville officials, including Mayor Jon Nehring, agree that the smell is insufferable, that Cedar Grove is the problem, and that regulators need to put a stop to it. But that’s not such an easy proposition, largely because Cedar Grove has consistently and aggressively denied that it is stinking up the region. In fact, the company has blamed a host of other entities for the problem, starting with its chief critic, the city of Marysville.
In August, Cedar Grove filed suit against the city, claiming that officials are withholding public records related to a “public-relations campaign aimed at spreading disinformation about Cedar Grove, including the false allegation that Cedar Grove was the primary source of odors in the Marysville area.” This alleged smear campaign, the suit claims, is aimed at diverting attention from the real stinker: the city’s own wastewater-treatment plant. The suit also names Davis as a pawn in this purported cover-up.
What a gem of a company. Why is the Staff of the Western Placer Waste Management Agency Rolling Out the Red Carpet for this racket??? Why would FCC partner with such bad actors, say’s a lot about a company.
When the smell is bad, she said, it’s like “somebody forcing your head over a garbage can of rotting, sweet food. … There were nights last summer when my husband and I were going, ‘Is there enough money in the bank to go stay at a hotel?’ “
One night, the stench forced her out of bed and into the bathroom, where she threw up, Avila says. One of her complaints to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency led to an $11,000 fine when an inspector smelled the odor at her home and traced it back to Cedar Grove after ruling out other possible sources.
Yikes, coming to Roseville soon???
The company has appealed to King County Superior Court.
Since going into business next to King County’s Cedar Hills Landfill in 1989, Cedar Grove has struggled to control odors. And it has battled neighbors and regulators, saying it is being unfairly blamed for smells that come from other sources.
Since they have not been able to control the foul odors from their composting plants, it appears that composter’s solution was to invest in changing laws to try and escape the standards they have failed to reach. Note that in 2009 they sued Marysville and in 2012 got fined and appealed. The article about trying to change the law is from 2019. FCC’s partners technology has been stinking up Northern Washingtion since 1989 and appears to have not been able to get a handle on their operation in 30 years.
Yet, the staff of the Western Placer Waste Management Agency are asleep at the switch and have decided for reasons none of us will ever truly know to recommend FCC and their proven failure to Placer County!
OLYMPIA — A bill which would have buffered Cedar Grove from lawsuits arising from its composting operations is done for this year.
But the conversation among lawmakers is not over on how to promote the composting industry and protect communities’ legal options to combat noxious odors that it may produce.
“I think this bill is good policy,” said Rep. Amy Walen, D-Kirkland, the prime sponsor of the legislation. “We have a compelling need for composting. I just don’t think we want the parties to go to court all the time. I think we need to try to point them in a direction to work together.”
She vowed to seek avenues of compromise in the coming months and try again in 2020.
“We can’t go on this way,” she said.
House Bill 1167 sought to amend state law to treat composting as an agricultural activity entitled to protection from nuisance suits.
It cleared a House committee in early February but did not receive a vote in the chamber before a March 13 deadline for action on non-budget bills. A companion Senate bill never had a hearing.
Cedar Grove, a composting firm with a history of odor-related disputes in Snohomish and King counties, was behind the effort as it was with similar legislation that failed in 2017 and 2018.
Cedar Grove utilizes the same technology that FCC is partnering and promoting in Everett and Maple Valley that are owned by Cedar Grove.
The Western Placer Waste Management Authority is set to vote on Monday… on Monday we will have a nice summary for them and the rest of the readers of Right on Daily. Meantime, the Staff of the WPWMA failed miserably at their job.
Sign up to receive RightOnDaily updates sent to your inbox.