Dear Friends and Neighbor, It is our mission to fight the environmental injustice and push for odor abatement in the South Bay. One important activity we do is to work with government agencies to enforce regulations. As experience has taught us, we need to pay close attention every step of the way.

In this update, we will share with you the latest about Newby’s composting operation, and why and how you should file complaints with government authorities.

Newby’s Static Pile Composting, Its Risks, and Our Requests

Newby's composting operation has probably been the biggest offender to our air quality. As the result of a class action litigation, that operation has been ordered to be converted to the Covered Aerated Static Pile (CASP). Feel free to google this term, and you will be pleased.

However, things can still go wrong in many ways. With those gigantic piles of organic material sitting on a high open ground and prevailing wind blowing our way, one single leak can turn our beautiful city to smell worse than a cow town.

San Jose LEA, the local enforcement agency for CalRecycle, the governing body for solid waste operations, has been willfully ignoring the myriads of complaints we filed by phone and online. Recently, this agency has hired a new supervisor, and we took the opportunity to address our specific concerns. Our very own Ms L. has done the heavy lifting and written a compelling letter to both San Jose LEA and CalRecycle to demand specific conditions to be included in Newby's CASP permit. Her letter is attached at the end of this message.

Everyone Can and Should Help

Every progress we make is because of your support. The government officials are willing to talk to us because the number of your complaints weighed in.

We ask you to raise your standards for our environmental well being. Try to report whenever and wherever you smell foul air.
For landfill odor, call Odor Hotline at (800) 334-6367
For composting odor, file the CalEPA online form. Make sure to select "Solid Waste" on the form.

It takes more than a town to change the way things are done. Only with a mounting evidence based on the complaint number can we ask for more measures from the authorities. We are also pushing for odorous gas meters installed at selected sites to monitor air quality from that perspective. We dream of a day when BAAQMD (Bay Area Air Quality Management District) will publish H2S readings in our area.

So, please keep reporting. Spread the words and get more people to call and file. Tell people we don't have to live with this. Tell everyone we deserve better.

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Milpitas pollution burden percentile is at 90. That is according to the OEHHA website. You can explore the pollution maps at oehha.ca.gov/calenviroscreen ...

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At the Dec 2016 SJ Planning commission meeting, Yesney one of the commissioners tried to bring in morality as an argument. However, she must not have realized that Milpitas pollution burden is the greatest in SF Bay area communities. She also should have realized that Santa Clara County had excess landfill capacity. The moral action should have been to reject Newby's Landfill Expansion, allow the dump to close, and allow Milpitas to breath freely with cleaner air. Instead SJ politics took over and SJ continues to pollute Milpitas with San Jose's garbage and sewage. ...

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South Bay Eco Citizens shared Milpitas Sanitation's post. ...

Milpitas Residents: Wondering when your current carts will be exchanged for Milpitas Sanitation collection carts and how to get rid of your empty personal collection containers (garbage cans)? Please refer to the flyer below and visit our translatable cart delivery information webpage for all the details: www.milpitassanitation.com/residential/newcartdelivery/.

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Sign our petition to have the Milpitas City Council take action against the smelly Newby Island Landfill, goo.gl/Uhnte8 ...

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BAAQMD Confirmed Odor Sources from 1/2015 to 3/2017:
#1: Newby Island Recycler - MRF + Compost (76%)
#2: Newby Island Landfill (17%)
#3: Water Treatment Plant (3.9%)
#4: ZWED (2.5%)
#5: Vision Recycling (0.4%)

Sign petition to Milpitas council to challenge Newby Island expansion permit: goo.gl/Uhnte8

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