Published: Tuesday, Sept. 18 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
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.
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.
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.
What?...putting People ahead of Business?Why,
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
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
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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