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Park City hearing Thursday on compost odors

Food scraps yard waste collected Nu-Earth Organics Waukegan each day are mixed then covered an aerated static pile (background) biodegrade.

Food scraps and yard waste collected at Nu-Earth Organics in Waukegan each day are mixed and then covered in an aerated static pile (background) to biodegrade. | Ryan Pagelow~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: November 18, 2012 6:26AM

PARK CITY — Residents plan to go on offense when they hold a public meeting Thursday night hoping to eliminate foul-smelling odors coming from a new Waukegan compost yard for the past several months.

Mayor Steve Pannell said he expects a standing room only crowd at City Hall on Belvidere Road for the 7 p.m. gathering.

“Residents are fed up with the stench and they want it stopped. So far all we have heard are excuses. We won’t rest until this is corrected,” he said.

Pannell said that the smelly situation has been plaguing his city off and on since July.

“It is unhealthy and it stinks,” he said.

He said flyers announcing the Oct. 18 meeting have been delivered to residents throughout the city, and an impressive lineup of concerned governmental officials and environmental odor experts will participate.

Some of the environmental experts that have been invited include Glen Sechen, Chicago environmental attorney; Carl Kupfer, an environmental consultant who represents Nu-Earth Organics, the offending Waukegan compost facility at 3000 Apple Drive; a representative from RK & Associates, an air quality engineering and odor management firm; and Mike Kuhn, solid waste unit coordinator for the Lake County Health Department. Kuhn possesses a wealth of experience in dealing with local landfill odor problems.

County and state governmental officials invited by the mayor include County Board members Mary Ross Cunningham of Waukegan, Audrey Nixon of North Chicago and possibly Angelo Kyle of Waukegan; along with state Reps. Rita Mayfield, D-Waukegan, and Carol Sente, D-Vernon Hills.

All these officials specifically serve Park City constituents.

City Attorney Peter Karlovics also reminds residents to bring their completed odor complaint forms to the meeting for collection and submission to environmental authorities. The blank forms are available at City Hall.

Karlovics says the forms are very useful to the experts by pinpointing the date, time, place and distinguishing odors noticed by a resident.

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