Some people in the North Everett/Marysville area recently found a postcard in their mailboxes that was obviously composed by a Seattle public relations firm that was unconcerned with the facts.
Here are some important things to think about:
· Although hundreds of complaints of odors from Cedar Grove have been made to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, the company's Everett location was cited for odors for two days, one in 2009 and the other in 2010. Cedar Grove has not received a notice of permit violation for odors for more than a year.
· For one month last summer the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency intensified its enforcement effort in the area around Cedar Grove’s plant. In the period of this intensified effort, the Agency received 168 Cedar Grove odor complaints and investigated 103 of them. The agency did not issue a single citation.
· Cedar Grove is the only generator in the area that has agreed in writing to a third party expert study to determine where odors originate. This study can answer once and for all where unpleasant odors originate.
· Cedar Grove has proposed an enclosed facility for anaerobic digestion of organic waste that will operate within the current permitted capacity for the site. This digester will not only produce green energy, it will be entirely enclosed. Yet this project is opposed by people who claim to want Cedar Grove to reduce odors.
· Residents are encouraged not to call Cedar Grove’s odor monitoring firm which now provides real time information that allows the company to make immediate adjustments when odor events are detected. Instead, they urge residents only to call the Clean Air Agency which can take longer for the resident to receive a follow up. Cedar Grove asks residents call its contractor so an immediate evaluation can be made. Cedar Grove has never discouraged calls to the agency.
What’s going on here? Maybe it’s time to ask who is paying for this assault on Cedar Grove, how much are they spending and what are their motives?