As Residents Complain of Biomass Smell, Plant Officials Say It's Only Temporary
Published October 25th, 2013
ALACHUA COUNTY -- There have been complaints of it being loud and dirty -- now you can add smelly to the list of concerns surrounding Gainesville's new biomass plant.
Residents of the Turkey Creek community in Alachua say they will occasionally smell a foul stench in the air around their community. While some say it smells like burning or rotting wood, others describe it as more compost-like.
Residents say they are worried about the effect the smell and the noise will have on the value of their homes. "I'm just absolutely devastated, because it's going to affect our property values very, very much," said Marianna Kampa, a Turkey Creek resident and a real estate agent.
Other residents, like Mary Rodgers, expressed concern about potential health effects. "It is a scary thought to think that this emission could cause damage," said Rodgers.
An official from EMI, one of the plant's owners, says the smell is coming from decomposing wood within the plant's fuel pile. He said the smell is only temporary and should go away once the plant runs on a regular schedule.
As for the noise, the official says crews will begin installing a sound mitigator inside the main stack in December.
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