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DRP has worked diligently since 2010 to improve the plant infrastructure, technologies, and practices that can contribute to excess fugitive odors. The company recently entered an agreement with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to even more aggressively manage odor issues at our facility after working collaboratively with MDEQ for more than a year to evaluate and address the odor challenge. The Consent Judgment signed by MDEQ and DRP in October 2014 addresses this challenge with a clear and achievable schedule of milestones.

We will ensure that a comprehensive Control System to manage the odors from the facility’s RDF (refuse derived fuel) storage and conveyor areas is designed, engineered, constructed, commissioned, integrated into the facility’s three boiler operations, and independently tested to verify proper performance.  As part of the Control System, the odorous air from the RDF storage and conveyor areas will be combusted in the plant’s boilers, thereby destroying the odors.  In addition, we have already independently evaluated and upgraded the plant’s RDF odor neutralizing spray system, and are improving odor management practices on the MSW (municipal solid waste) receiving area.