Fort Meade, Florida -- Complaints have gotten so bad about the odor from a sludge plant on the outside of town that the city is threatening legal action to get some relief.
"The plant is over there," says Alfonso Cortez, the manager at Badcock Furniture in Fort Meade.
His store that happens to be neighbors with the company, Regional Bio-Solids Treatment Facility, that opened in January.
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"Some days it's bad and some days it's super bad, like you can't handle it," says Cortez.
He calls the odor from the facility gut wrenching.
"Sometimes it smells like rotten meat feces, odor all day long," says Cortez.
It was an odor that quickly lingered from this area and into town.
"It's putrid. Just absolutely putrid," says City Manager Fred Hilliard, adding the city has received dozens of complaints. "The people in Daly's trailer park, they want to leave. They want to break their lease."
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the recycling of biosolids is the process of taking treated residuals from wastewater treatment and making a product for use on crops, gardens, parks and reclaimed mining sites.They are used in all 50 states.
In response to the complaints, representatives from the Department of Environmental Protection have visited the facility.
Fort Meade officials and residents want something done about the stink from a sludge plant.
In response, the company sent a letter saying that it is working to minimize emissions, considering air scrubbers and adding eucalyptus trees, hiring more housekeepers, and other steps.
10 News tried contacting the company but have yet to hear from them.
"It's getting worse instead of better," says Hilliard. "We just can't tolerate it."
So now he's sent another letter to the DEP letting the agency know that if the company won't try to fix this problem, the city will be forced to take other steps including seeking mandatory and injunctive relief for the sake of the city.
"If we don't grow were not going to be here and there's no way in the world we can entertain bringing somebody in here with a stench like that," says Hilliard.