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Joplin Releases Update About Odor Complaints

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Several residents have expressed frustrations with regularly smelling odors they suspect come from Joplin manufacturing facilities.  The City of Joplin says they've been meeting with those industries that have been noted as possible contributors to the odors.

"These meetings provide simple introductions and a dialogue to understand the matter from both parties," said Dan Pekarek, Director of the Health Department. "We are learning more about their processes; the equipment and steps they follow to eliminate or avoid potential odors. They are welcoming these discussions as they are introduced to our health inspectors, our monitoring systems, and how the public is reporting their complaints about foul odors."

According to the City, the discussions include what companies have already done and what they plan to do to help reduce odor issues.  The City of Joplin says it wants to keep the public informed about those steps.  Heartland Pet Food Manufacturing was the first to submit their information to city officials. You can find it here.

"We look forward to receiving information from any other industries that desire to share their work in this format," said Pekarek.

Odor isn't an easy issue.  Pekarek says it can be challenging to isolate the source and measure the intensity.  The city does conduct random surveillance and respond to complaints about odor, but officials say the magnitude of the odor might not always hit the threshold that classifies it as a problematic odor.

"City officials continue to have conversations and forward complaint information to DNR" (Missouri Department of Natural Resources), he said. "As the regulatory agency for the state, we strongly encourage residents to utilize their system in filing complaints so there is appropriate documentation."

To file an odor complaint, contact DNR at 417-891-4300.

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