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Watch and listen to the BAAQMD Board of Directors discuss the South Bay Odor Issue. Your complaints did not fall on deaf ears.

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City of Milpitas is nominating Councilman Nunez for a seat on the BAAQMD Board of Directors. Kindly take a minute to submit letter of support to Andi Jordan at CSC@citiesassociation.org

Stationary Source Committee Meeting - Sep 17th, 2018
Live and Recorded Public meetings of Stationary Source Committee Meeting for Bay Area Headquarters Authority
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2 months ago

South Bay Eco Citizens

The Milpitas Beat
Thank you to the Milpitas City Council Candidates for some great conversations this evening. Watch it here...
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Total number of violations issued by BAAQMD to the top 3 odor polluters over the past 3 years.

Ref: www.baaqmd.gov/~/media/files/board-of-directors/2018/ssc_presentations_091718-pdf.pdf?la=fil-ph
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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):
www.baaqmd.gov/~/media/files/board-of-directors/2018/ssc_presentations_073018-pdf.pdf?la=en
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Help us fight against the facilities dumping pollution into the air! ...

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We captured this image from Google Maps and thought that this image conveys the epic scale of the odor issue in this region. Partnering with the right elected officials and collaboration with various government agencies, we will make change happen. Election season is upon us. Please make sure you know where the candidates stand. Any candidate who calls for more odor studies is just echoing big corporate garbage propaganda to postpone for more time and shift the blame. We need an odor action plan from all political candidates running for office. ...

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4 months ago

South Bay Eco Citizens

I appreciated that Milpitas City Manager Julie Edmonds-Mares and Assistant City Manager Ashwini Kantak came by to see me on Friday. We have been advocating for much stricter enforcement of air quality standards by the BAAQMD. I was happy to hear that in the past year there have been substantially less complaints about landfill odor issues. We have made much progress, but there is more work to do. We also discussed maintenance of Caltrans property, BART updates and potential transportation improvements in the area. ...

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5 months ago

South Bay Eco Citizens

The Milpitas Beat sums it up well. Election season is here. We look forward to supporting candidates who are committed and have pragmatic solutions (not empty promises) to fixing the odor nuisance.OPINION: We Must Get Rid of the Smell ... Read here: milpitasbeat.com/opinion-we-must-get-rid-of-the-smell/ ...

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Here are key updates from South Bay Odor Stakeholders Group quarterly meeting on 7/19/18.

Odor complaints
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434 complaints were recorded from April to June 2018, > 2x higher than previous quarter, with majority between 6pm-10pm. The QoQ increase is a concern especially after a steady drop from 2015 to 2018.

BAAQMD has designated inspectors for evening-night shift. Inspectors have confirmed and traced complaints to ZWED and Newby Island. LEA now requires Republic Services to complete uncovered green waste processing before 4pm.

BAAQMD explained that while every odor complaint is counted, the low confirmation rate is caused by slow inspector response time and the transient nature of odor, not by a lack of validity of the complaints. BAAQMD inspectors have to serve multiple counties and are positioned 20 minutes away from Milpitas.

Participation:
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Representatives from local government (Milpitas, Fremont, San Jose), state government (Assembly District 25, Senate District 10), federal government (17th congressional district), community members, regulatory agencies (BAAQMD, LEA/CalRecycle) and local odor generator (Newby Island/Republic Services) were present.

San Jose City sent a rep for the 1st time ever. North SJ councilman also sent 2 reps for the 1st time.
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