Another post before I hit the rack..buried inside this morning's daily news...which arrived after 7am I might add...was a story about how our Mayor and members of the City Council were going to hold a study session to finally declare war on GI's "smell problem." I also caught the 10pm NTV story re: the same. While it wasn't mentioned in the pulp and ink copy...NTV's reporter showed video of the Mayor and Council's plan to impose fines on our local and habitual smell miscreants...pretty much naming J.B. Swift on the east side of town...McCain's on the north...and a long standing feedlot on the west side of town. Something to the tune of 1500 smackeroos depending on the results gleaned from the City's "Nasal Ranger SWAT Team."
Now I'm not even close to being one of the brightest lights in the barn...but...don't we already have State and Federal agencies responsible for keeping tabs on offenses to our atmosphere? The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality...the Environmental Protection Agency??? Seems back in 2000 folks in GI complained to the NDEQ about the gagging atmosphere surrounding the Monfort/JBS facility and City Wasterwater Plant...and the complaints went nowhere. I think a few complaints may have been shuttled to the deaf ear of the EPA. Our previous Mayor...now running for Mayor again...could only offer lip service and an official telephone number to an answering machine that citizens could call to "air" their complaints of offensive odors within our little burg. Little has been accomplished in the past 10 years and finally JBS is going to spend millions to upgrade their equipment to tone down the burning blood smell emanating from their plant frequently. Why? Because the State Fair is coming to town and they don't want to "stink."
Regarding McCain's...yes their processing puts out an offensive odor and the feedlot on the west side of town can be rank at times too...although the feedlot has been in place a lot longer than the new housing building around it. I would say the feedlot was there before a third of the present city has been in place.
I will cut this off...but the one burning question I have is...If the Nasal Ranger SWAT Team tags any of these or other industries with a "Stink Violation" and imposes a fine...nice revenue generator eh?...what keeps them from telling the City to "Go to Hell?" There are no NDEQ or EPA violations. "Take me to court baby" would have to be my response.