Bath Twp. residents have become increasingly concerned with the foul odors they say come from the farm and increased truck traffic.
In September 2019, a Fayette County prosecutor issued a cease-and-desist order to Dovetail on behalf of Bath Twp.
Fayette County Prosecutor Jess C. Weade was brought in to advise Bath Twp. by the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office because the land that Renergy operates on is owned by Bath Twp. Trustee Tom Pitstick. The township wanted to avoid a conflict of interest, Miller said.
Weade, the outside prosecutor, said the facility is in violation of the current zoning code.
Renergy, also known as Dovetail Energy, wants to build two synthetically lined ponds that would hold 8 million and 24 million gallons on property owned by Pitstick.
The company turns sewage and biowaste from municipalities and other sources into methane energy, the byproduct of which is then turned into fertilizer for crops used to feed livestock. The ponds would be used to store the liquid fertilizer material after it has been processed and treated through the biodigester operation.
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Renergy has similar operations in 11 other locations across the state, according to the EPA.
The five-person board could reach a decision on whether to allow Renergy to continue to operate tonight. After hearing all arguments for and against the appeal, the board will deliberate and come back with an answer.
The board can deliberate in private, Miller said, and they may decide to continue deliberations to another day.