Poultry Power Houses And The Problem With Odour

CARTHAGE, Mo. — “Renewable Environmental Solutions has become our problem.”
calendar icon 26 July 2007
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That’s what Carthage Mayor Jim Woestman will tell the Missouri Air Conservation Commission when it meets today to hear recommendations on proposed changes to air-quality rules.

Woestman previously attended meetings of an Odor Working Group formed by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The state panel was formed about six months ago to look at possible changes in odor rules. Its recommendations are being forwarded to the commission.

Representatives of a number of businesses and organizations that have been the focus of odor complaints were among those named to the panel, which also included Brian Appel, developer of the RES technology and president of the company that converts poultry byproducts into fuel oil.

Appel could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Woestman said he wants to ensure that Carthage’s perspective is heard by the commission — the state’s rule-making body on the issue.

Woestman said he plans to tell the commission that Carthage “has been dealing with major stink problems for a few years.”

“I’m calling it a stink — not an odor — because that’s what it is,” he said. “RES has done things that have helped, but it hasn’t solved it. It can still make you lose your appetite.”

Source: JoplinGlobe
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