Department of Environmental Protection Plans on Approving GREC Air Permit
Published May 9th, 2014
GAINESVILLE- An operating air permit may be on the way for GREC the owners of the biomass plant according to an announcement this week from the department of environmental protection.
Alachua County Manager Betty Baker sent a letter to GREC CEO James Gordon last month requesting GREC pay the cost of one year's testing to determine how effective GREC's quick fixes are at getting rid of offensive smells and dust.
Months after these changes baker says she is still receiving complaints about noises and smells.
She suggests that GREC install a buffer zone or tree line to help contain the problem.
Assistant City Manager Michael Fay says it's a hard thing to do, "Very subjective and what might be offensive to me might not be offensive to somebody that grew up on a farm, some people might think that's the sweet smell of hay or something like that."
County residents have until June 2nd to file complaints about the plant, during this same time period people can file a petition against the air permit with the Department of Environmental Protection.
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