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Taking the smell out of composting

Taking the smell out of composting
LEWISTON, ID - The Department of Environmental Quality wants your opinions about a new compost facility in Lewiston.

A subsidiary of Latah Sanitation in Moscow has proposed a compost facility be located within an industrial park in Lewiston. Clearwater composting will process yard waste, bio-solids, as well as agricultural and organic materials. If operations are approved, this will more than likely replace the current plant Eko, which is set to stop taking in material by the end of June. DEQ Staff Engineer Nicolas Hiebert took a tour of an identical facility and said one important difference would be the smell, or lack thereof.

''Basically they use a reverse flow aerated pile that sucks the odors down through the pile and then filters those odors,” said Hiebert. “And we’re able to walk around the site with really no unpleasant odors to speak of."

The public comment period on this ends February tenth. After that, the DEQ will decide whether or not they approve the site.

To make a comment, you can submit it electronically on DEQ’s website or by mail to 1118 F Street in Lewiston.
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