EPA takes lead on Attica odor problem
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"It’s relieving. We’ve been really trying to get the EPA involved," said Julie Long.
Long, a Village of Attica resident, is more at ease after learning the Environmental Protection Agency will be the lead agency investigating an odor in the area, which is being caused by burning recycled glass at Hillcrest Industries. EPA personnel will now be on site to address the issue.
"They’re first priority is controlling the fire and the emissions and working with other federal agencies to make sure appropriate steps are taken to control the fire and protect the public," said Rep. Kathy Hochul, (D).
Hochul adds that the agency also agreed to keep the public and local officials informed and will seek compensation from the company.
While the effort is welcome news for some, Jewel Metcalf thinks the timing is off.
"I’m glad to hear they are taking a look at it but its kind of late in the game. Should have been looked at long before now," said Metcalf, an Attica resident.
It’s affected the quality of life for many in the village, including the Long family. They spent their summer indoors because of what they call a harsh chemical burn smell.
"We don’t go outside. I typically garden a lot. I have a vegetable garden. I’ve abandoned that. I don’t even weed it anymore. It’s just sitting there. Tomatoes are rotting on the vine because we're so concerned what might be on them," said Julie Long.
"I like to play outside a lot and it gets in your nose and it burns and it's not enjoyable to be outside anymore," said Connor Long.
Others say they are not exempt from the odor even indoors.
"I’m home 24/7. My windows are closed even though it's nice outside," said Beth Hagen. "You can actually open your windows. I can't because of the odor. You gag!"
Hochul says EPA test results should be back sometime next week.