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Author Topic: Nutro CA Plant Still Has "Scent", But Not One Cent of Fines Paid Yet  (Read 1730 times)
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« on: March 27, 2008, 04:05:46 PM » March 27, 2008

Nutro not paying ? yet: Pet food plant was slapped with $10,000 per day fine; not required to pay until issue settled

"Though the Nutro pet food plant last summer was slapped with a fine potentially as high as $10,000 per day, the company hasn't had to pay a penny yet.

"State code doesn't require polluters to pay until the issue is settled, when the fine may be lessened for good behavior, according to Violette Roberts, of the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District.

"Nutro will definitely pay something, Roberts said, but she was unable to say if it would be anywhere close to the full fine accrued since April -- a total of $6.4 million.

""We're committed to making sure that the fine we assess fits the violation and the discomfort and inconvenience it has caused the local community," she said.

"So far, Nutro has met or beaten every deadline it has been given to reduce the odor, Roberts said.

"The most recent deadline was March 15. Nutro representativies presented air quality staff with the design and engineering plans for a $7 million Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer. The RTO heats emissions and converts them to carbon dioxide and water vapor, which is recovered for energy use.

"Roberts said the plant is on track to eliminate the odors completely, with installation of the device subject to a December 31 deadline.

"Nutro has been very cooperative with the air quality district, Roberts said, which will be taken into consideration in assessing the fine amount.

"Other factors will be considered as well. These include the extent of harm caused, the length of time violations occurred, corrective action taken, and the frequency of past violations.

"Nutro has already spent about $4 million on previous attempts to stop the odor, including installing carbon filters and extending the plant's chimney.

"The pet food plant opened in March 2006 at the Foxborough Industrial Park at Nisqualli and Hesperia roads. Within two months, residents in nearby Spring Valley Lake and the surrounding Victorville neighborhoods started to complain about the smell of dog food.

"A lawsuit filed against Nutro by 100 local residents is still pending, with a trial scheduled in September."
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2008, 06:39:20 AM »

Stinks to high heaven, doesn't it?
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2008, 08:15:32 AM »

Stinks to high heaven, doesn't it?
In more ways than one.
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