THE ODOR ON THE WEST SIDE OF TOWN
WHAT COULD BE CAUSING THE SMELL?
Elected officials and residents have been exploring the cause of an odor that affects the far west side of Pearland for several years. Possible sources include the Reflection Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant, the AkzoNobel Chemical Facility, and the Blue Ridge Landfill.
WHAT IS BEING DONE?
Several representatives have been looking into this issue including City of Pearland staff members, City of Pearland council members, County Commissioners, and active residences and community leaders. In preparation for the expansion of the wastewater treatment facility, Pearland city staff have been able to eliminate it as a likely cause of the smell. AkzoNobel and the Blue Ridge Landfill both have state-mandated procedures in place that are designed to suppress odors caused by their operations. The landfill has stated that all new garbage is covered with six to twelve inches of fresh soil each night and odor neutralizer is sprayed regularly in an effort to eliminate smells. AkzoNobel also follows odor-eliminating procedures and recently explained these procedures in detail to a Pearland Council Member. Since the odor is still present, it appears the procedures of one of these companies may not be working as well as hoped.
Pearland Council and staff are currently working to establish a monitoring program to better pinpoint where the odors are coming from. Since the AkzoNobel and Blue Ridge facilities are located outside of Pearland city limits, there is little the City can do to enforce a remedy without help from the State through the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality (TCEQ) or from the courts if necessary. Staff and council are currently exploring these options.
I would like to join the effort as a council member to find and eliminate this problem. It is unacceptable for residents to have deal with an unpleasant odor in their homes. Those that deal with this problem daily are owed some relief as soon as it can be delivered.