Hillcrest to Address Smell Problem in Attica
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It's a victory for residents in the Wyoming County Village of Attica. Local company Hillcrest Industries has announced it will stop receiving shipments of recycled glass at its village factory.
The move is a response to residents' concerns about the smell Hillcrest's giant pile of glass gives off. Residents tell YNN that the smell is similar to "burning garbage."
Hillcrest says between resident protests and concerns from the DEC, the decision to stop receiving the glass was the only choice they had.
"It's a good raw material for our process, but it causes too many problems in terms of odor. So we're going to work off the pile that we have over a period of time, and then discontinue using that material. The estimate is that it's about 18 months to work off that pile, and we're working to come up with what we can do to shorten that time frame," said Peter Tarnawskyj, environmental consultant with Hillcrest.
Hillcrest is still in negotiations with the Department of Environmental Conservation about a possible consent order regarding that glass pile.