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June 18, 2013

Sludge spraying stopped for now

County officials plan more steps to prevent sludge placed in fields near homes

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Legal or not, Riley said Renda Environmental is being irresponsible and lacks ethics to do it in a neighborhood like that.

The Parker County Commissioners Court, along with TCEQ’s DFW Region Director, Tony Walker, heard from residents Monday morning, including many who live on J.E. Woody Road, Goshen Road or in Stella Estates, areas north of the Hutcheson Ranch hit particularly hard by the stench.

A short time after a morning rain shower and days after the company stopped putting the biosolids on the ground, a slight odor was still in the air during the meeting.  

Resident after resident stood up to ask questions or express their frustration.

“I don’t know who in Fort Worth is proud of this but I invite them to come out here and smell this,” said Cynthia Scott, who lives on J.E. Woody Road.

Don Hale said they’ve been dealing with the smell 24/7 and can’t sit outside and drink an ice tea or do yard work.

Hale noted that one man in his neighborhood is attempting to sell his house and that could negatively impact it.

“I want to know what I’m supposed to do to let my kids go outside and play,” Grady Mansell asked, questioning whether he should buy his children gas masks so they didn’t vomit due to the stink.

“I’m sitting there in my house and I smell it in my house,” a woman who lives off Goshen Road said. “There’s no place to get away from it.”

Another father wondered if the odor might have anything to do with his 6-month-old son’s recent onset of asthma symptoms.

“This can’t be healthy for us,” another man who lived off J.E. Woody Road stated, adding that he’d never seen so many flies.

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