Industrial sewage pond used for fertilizer causing strong odor near Fairview, Mo.


FAIRVIEW, Mo. (KY3) – Many people living near the communities of Fairview and Wheaton say a large pond of industrial sewage used for fertilizer causes a putrid smell.

You may recall that KY3 published an article several weeks ago about a mysterious smell in Springfield. Since then, KY3 has received several concerns regarding other smells across the Ozarks.

Many people living in Fairview said they had no words to describe the smell. The stench comes from the dumping of industrial waste used as fertilizer to be spread.

“It’s a combination of sewage smells and chicken sewage,” said Mark Wells, who lives near downtown Fairview. ” I do not know how to explain it. It’s just a smell of raw sewage.

Even a few miles from downtown Fairview, people like Mark Wells can still smell the aroma of the lagoon.

“It’s loud, especially in the summer when they’re watering or whatever in here,” Well said. “It gets really strong here in the summer with the heat and the wind blowing from the south and blowing it right here. “

The stench is even worse for those who live right by the pond.

“If the wind catches it, we feel it quite often,” said Vanessa Banks, who lives just a mile from the site. “Whenever it rains, it tends to start to smell and push us.”

Living in a rural area, Banks said she was used to the smell of farms. However, she said that this smell is different.

“It’s a lot worse than anything we’ve had to face,” Banks said.

Banks can view the site from its own backyard.

“When they start working on it or adding bio-waste to it, it starts to stir it up and it smells bad where we can’t even go out without choking,” she said.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has received numerous complaints about the site. Despite these frustrations and concerns, MNR said the owners were not doing anything wrong.

“It is common practice that is approved by state and federal regulations to apply industrial byproducts as a soil amendment,” said Brooks McNeill, MNR environmental specialist. “And you can either get a business license from the state of Missouri or apply for and receive an exemption as a registered fertilized product.”

Under the exemption for registered fertilized products, a site is exempt from odor complaints.

“In this case, the site up there is being applied as a registered fertilizer product,” McNeill said.

The MRN inspected the site during its construction in 2020. It also just inspected the lagoon at the end of last month. The ministry said it poses no environmental threat.

“At this point, this is in compliance with current regulations and Missouri drinking water laws, as well as the Clean Air Act and Clean Air Regulations,” said McNeill. “There are currently no violations on the site.”

The lagoon can hold nearly two million gallons of industrial byproducts. This is a partnership with Denali Water Solutions.

Those living nearby have said they would like to have a say in the construction of the site, or at least an alert before it is built.

“It clearly affects us so much,” Banks said. “I don’t want to go out and have a stomach ache because I can’t even breathe. “

“I’m a country boy so I can handle it,” Wells said. “But I know, when people are in town here in town, you all hear them say, ‘Dude, that stinks. “So it’s a very bad smell.

KY3 has contacted the owner of the property, but has not received a response.

Denali Water Solutions sent KY3 the following statement:

“Denali Water Solutions recently completed a lagoon cleanup and ground application in late December in Newton County. State officials from the Department of Natural Resources visited the site during the event and noted that the operation complied with all state regulations and guidelines.

Denali collects scraps from food processors and recycles them into valuable fertilizer to use on pastures. This material is a natural fertilizer that allows Denali to close the loop in the food cycle by recycling the material to return vital nutrients to the environment. Increased hay production, reduced landfill space, and reduced farmers’ dependence on chemical fertilizers are just a few of the benefits. Denali provides this material free of charge to the landowner and will help make our state more sustainable for many years.

Occasionally, there is an odor resulting from natural biological processes that occur when microbes break down the material into nutrients that are beneficial to plants.

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