- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

EPWORTH, Iowa (AP) - Officials in Dubuque County are considering cracking down on a smelly composting operation that for years has drawn complaints from residents of the small city of Epworth.

County supervisors met Monday with Epworth’s mayor, a council member and a resident to discuss the issue of odors from Midwest Organic Solutions, a business located between Farley and Epworth, according to the Telegraph Herald (https://bit.ly/1UsaxBf ).

“We can’t keep going down the road with this,” City Council member Garry Gansen said. “Four years is too long.”

Midwest’s owners didn’t attend the meeting, but co-owner Craig Kluesner last week said the company was working to limit odors by aerating a retention pond and spraying chemicals on outdoor piles.

“We’ve spent thousands of dollars in trying to deal with this smell issue,” Kluesner said. “We feel we’re going in the right direction, but there is still work that needs to be done.”

Whatever they’re doing, it’s not working, the Epworth representatives told the supervisors.

Supervisor Chairman Wayne Demmer said he spoke with the owners over the weekend and they acknowledged the problem and pledged to do more to limit odors.

Still, Supervisor Daryl Klein asked County Attorney Ralph Potter to consider enforcement actions the county could pursue.

“We’ve tried to work with these folks on options to fix what’s going on in good faith, and I don’t think we’re getting the results we were assured would happen (from that last meeting),” Klein said.

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Information from: Telegraph Herald, https://www.thonline.com


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