The EPA performs odor surveys of seven sites around Dovetail, including onsite, and send those odor reports to the company weekly. To date, the EPA has conducted odor surveys at Dovetail over 400 times, but has not issued a nuisance odor citation. Trustee Michelle Clements said Wednesday that she believes the problem lies in the EPA’s failure to issue Dovetail Energy an odor citation, a claim Renergy refutes.
“The results of almost weekly inspections by the Ohio EPA over the previous are in stark contrast to the comments made Wednesday night. While no biodigester is 100% odor-free, it is clearly not the cause of the Township’s odor issues. It is extremely disappointing that members of the Township Trustees have mischaracterized the results to suggest otherwise,” Renergy COO Cari Oberfield said. “Our facility, which is adjacent to a hog farm, keeps food waste out of the landfill, powers local farms with renewable energy, and in fact reduces agricultural odors. As a local small business, we would look forward to working with them as a community partner.”
The company has stated the newly elected trustees have an open invitation to visit the facility for themselves.
“I’m absolutely open to that. I would also counter and ask them to visit us at a [Fairborn] football game Friday night and smell what they’re smelling,” Hoffman said, adding that many of the complaints he receives come from around Baker Middle School.
A class action lawsuit against Renergy also is pending in Greene County court.