City of Rancho Cordova Releases Fact Sheet on Sacramento Rendering Plant
Anatolia residents have been subject to a flurry of media attention as of late for an unusual reason: The Sacramento Rendering Plant near their neighborhood has been releasing a foul smell in to the air, angering homeowners and visitors to the area alike.
The smell issue is not new. In 2003, developers in the area attempted to sue the plant to install odor scrubbers. The suit was thrown out, but soon after the Sacramento County Planning Department refused to authorize any building permits to the company until they installed the scrubbers.
One resident, Mike Linville, even started a website in 2006 devoted to the smell called www.whatisthatsmell.net.
Some residents, however, are not as concerned with the plant itself as they are about what led them to being near it in the first place.
In an email to his Anatolia neighbors, resident James Goddard said that the media attention has focused too much on the rendering plant and not on the fact that their neighborhood was built so close to it.
“Why was our community approved to be built so close to such a facility that was not recommended by Air Quality management?” Goddard asked.
He also said that the original homeowners were given disclosures about the smell, but subsequent owners did not and realtors downplayed the odor to sell the houses.
The City of Rancho Cordova has now gotten involved with the issue. Yesterday, the city released a Fact Sheet authored by the company to try to appease the annoyed residents of the area.
Included in the document is a quick history on the plant and contact information for concerned residents. It also hints that there may be other sources of the odor, such as the Kiefer Landfill and Lopez Ag Services.
The Sacramento Rendering Company encourages residents to contact them regarding the smell at (800) 339-6493 so that they can better identify what operating conditions are causing the odor.
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