Complaints Drop as Turkey Plant Tests Odor Controls
A two-week test period of the equipment at renewable environmental solutions ends today. The State Department of Natural Resources says its inspectors were unable to pinpoint whether the smells that triggered complaints came from RES or nearby turkey or cheese plants. The RES plant was ordered closed in december after persistent complaints about foul smells. The DNR allowed the plant to reopen for three days a week from February 1 to February 15 to test new odor controls. The department is still discussing what will happen after the two week test period ends, but any move to reopen the plant will probably be gradual. Residents filed 14 complaints about smells on the day the plant began preparing turkey waste, and seven calls on three days last week when the plant was operating. There have been no calls this week even though the plant started up yesterday for a final three-day run.