We had previously blogged that the Mayor of Waukegan was calling a community meeting to discuss the growing number of residential odor complaints coming from the Nu-Earth Organics Composing facility. The Lake County News-Sun reports that the hearing on October 18 drew a standing room only crowd. While Nu-Earth representatives there were apologizing for the odors and made promises to improve the situation, Alderman Tom Crafton had said that he had lost confidence in the promises made by the compost owners, with Aldermen Larry Eaker and Bud Dennis agreeing. Further, residents, including John Rigona and Betty Humphreys complained of health effects, and lost businesses while the odors are present.
The News Sun is also reporting that the City Council has now hired a company that provides specialized air quality and odor management services in eliminating the odor nuisance, and a special counsel to look into potential legal action to force abatement. We would like to note that anything that the special counsel does will be on behalf of the city and would likely be regulatory in nature. It will not compensate residents for the nuisance they have already experienced.