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Composting plants in Maple Valley and Everett, Washington fined for "nauseating" odors

The Seattle Times is reporting that Cedar Grove composting plants in the two cities have been successful at diverting trash from landfills and turning it into compost. However, they are having problems controlling odors that are hitting neighborhoods miles away.

The article interviewed Cathe and Dean Avilla, who moved from California to Washington nine years ago. They looked at homes near the Cedar Grove's Maple Hills site, and smelled "a little bit of odor" there. They decided instead to move to a town three miles away. Soon after the garbage hauler began collecting food waste for composting, they were hit with nauseating odors. After numerous complaints, an inspector for the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency came out to their home, smelled the odors himself, and traced them back to the Cedar Grove compost plant in Maple Valley. That grew to 16 more fines which were disputed, but upheld by the State.

While I do not currently represent anyone in Washington, I do represent hundreds of similarly situated people around the country in various landfill and environmental litigation. To find out if The Simon Law Firm can help with an environmental lawsuit, contact environmental attorney Todd Hageman.


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