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Published: Tuesday, Sept. 18 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Once again, the back story is ignored in the reporting of this supposed issue. Timpanogos Special Services District is the Waste Water Treatment Plant for a good portion of Utah County. When the TSSD official says they would have to accept 50 million gallons, he is speaking of sewage. That sewage is treated as much is economically viable, then the biosolids remaining are composted with green waste to produce compost that can be hauled off site and used productively. Anyone that thinks the smell is emanating from the compost needs to tour their sewage treatment plant. Especially the headworks, where the big stuff that we flush down our bottomless toilets is collected.

Pleasant Grove, UT

The back story is that it smells bad and the sewer district's permit says they can't operate in a way the causes offensive odors to neighboring landowners. Composting is a good idea, but not when it is in a highly populated area. The district could easily compost this stuff in a less populated area. If you think that composting doesn't stink, go stand next to the compost pile when they stir hundreds of tons of human waste that has been cooking for weeks and let me know how it smells. I have owned a condo downwind from this nuisance for years and I have almost vomited multiple times.

PG Business Owner

Nobody is complaining about processing sewage. That is handled pretty well. It is the massive "humanure" composting operation that fouls the air for miles about. TSSD simply needs to truck their sludge to a remote location for burial or composting. Doing it here in the middle of the city no longer makes any sense. I am glad somebody is finally paying attention to this problem.


Why weren't all you business and property owners paying attention to this when you bought your property. You didn't do your due diligence and then after the fact you discover you have purchased property 'downwind' of this and you want them to move? I agree that this can cause foul odors and I would think things could be worked out, but I don't feel bad for anyone that bought there and after the fact wants something done about this operation that they chose do be by.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT


...putting People ahead of Business?

Why, that's un-Repubican!

PG Business Owner

Three points: First: People ARE business. You can't separate the two. Second: The "we were here first" argument NEVER entitles anyone - not private enterprise nor certainly a government entity - to foul the air of private property owners for miles about - NEVER. I ask anyone to articulate the moral, legal, or ethical rationale why anyone should be allowed to foul everyone else's air. There is none. The license under which TSSD operates requires that they NOT foul the air of others. They are operating in violation of their license. Finally: TSSD has been there for some time. But, the composting operation is a new innovation. The composting operation was definately NOT "here first." TSSD simply needs to catch up with modern reality and truck the sludge away for processing in a remote location where it does not violate the private property rights of others. That is what other responsible communities do.

Corn Dog
New York, NY

Seems like the only viable alternative (other than moving the facility) would be to go to in-vessel composting. That provides better control of the composting process, which avoids the creation of odiferous compounds. It also allows any odiferous compounds that are created to be collected and removed from the off-gas.

Wasatch Front, UT

We have driven through the AF/pleasant Grove corridor of I-15 3 times this week. Each time, we commented about the horrible odor. I am so glad we don't live or work anywhere near there.

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