Lee County resident concerned about smell coming from local sewage water plant
Updated On: May 01 2013 09:24:07 PM CDT
Lee County residents are raising a stink about a wastewater treatment plant letting off a foul odor. We told you about this story back in November and five months later, the stink is still lingering. Now one resident thinks it could have an effect on her health. Click here to read the previous story.
Elaine Woliver lives just over the hill from hickory flats wastewater treatment plant and she says since our last story the smell coming from the facility has gotten worse. "It got better for maybe a couple of weeks and then it started right back with the cycle. We would have two or three good days and then two or three real bad days," said Woliver. "In the last two weeks, it's every single day. It's horrible."
She tells us the smell lingers in the mornings and evenings and is unbearable. Now she thinks it's having a bigger effect on her body and not just her senses. "I have sores in my mouth, my mouth is cracked, my nose; it just feels like my whole head is swollen," said Woliver.
Woliver says she has called different people involved with the facility, but hasn't been able to get any answers on whether or not it is harmful things she is breathing. "I can't say this isn't something else going on with my health, it’s one thing after another. But I cannot get one person involved with the sewer plant to tell me it's not [the plant causing it]," said Woliver.
We spoke with Stewart Phipps, with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, who didn't want to talk on camera. He tells us air quality checks aren't required with this type of plant and he doesn't think the hydrogen sulfide gas is harmful, but rather just a nuisance since it's not in a tight space.
Woliver tells us she just wants the smell gone and wants answers on if what she is breathing in is hurting her. "We just want it fixed. We love our home. We have a beautiful home and as far as I'm concerned, I want to stay here until the day I die. But I can't stand that every single day," she said.
The Lee County Public Service Authority tells us they are working to fix the problems and plan to be completed with the work by the summer. Phipps says residents in the area should see a difference in about a month.
Phipps also says the DEQ will be keeping a close eye on the plant from now on by performing routine checks.
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