Employees at the neighboring property vomited due to the odors and a meeting scheduled at the location had to be moved because of the smell, according to written statements provide by two citizens near the Decatur site.
Local elected officials, including Parker County Commissioner George Conley, County Judge Mark Riley and State Rep. Phil King, got involved in the issue after many constituents living in the vicinity of the area off of Hutcheson Hill Road complained of a strong offensive odor driving them indoors.
About three weeks after the application began, the City of Fort Worth told the contractor, Renda Environmental, to halt their application in Parker County.
There is no permit required or other restrictions, such as buffer zones, enforced when applying the sludge because of the higher standards for Class A biosolids, which must meet certain metal limits as well as meet certain pathogen and vector attraction reduction requirements according to the TCEQ. Instead, the company notifies the state of where they intend to apply the biosolids, and local officials can do little to prohibit it.