Total number of violations issued by BAAQMD to the top 3 odor polluters over the past 3 years.
More than 1,000 odor complaints were recorded in Milpitas area during the past 4 months. Air quality inspectors were able to trace confirmed complaints to the following sources.
1. Newby Island Landfill (72%)
2. Newby Island Recycler (23%)
3. ZWED (5%)
BAAQMD is working to strengthen its odor enforcement efforts updates here.
Good news – Kansen Chu has introduced a new legislatve bill to formally combat odor problem in our area.
HERE IS HIS ANNOUNCMENT:
(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Kansen Chu (D- Milpitas) introduced legislation today as a direct response to ongoing odor issues in and around the South Bay area. The bill, AB 1975, would create a taskforce to study all potential sources of emissions in Assembly District 25.
“Residents living in the cities of Milpitas, Santa Clara, San Jose and Fremont have long been impacted by odor pollution from various facilities operating in the surrounding area,” said Assemblymember Chu. “My bill will thoroughly explore the sources and identify how we can mitigate the impacts.”
AB 1975 will be before policy committees in early spring.
Lawsuit by city says CalRecycle should look at odor from waste facilities such as Newby Island as part of permit approval.
Source: Milpitas to continue litigation against CalRecycle – The Mercury News