Citing noxious odors and unacceptable threats to their health and safety, more than 150 Deer Valley, Ariz.-area residents and businesses plan to file petitions today demanding that the city’s Board of Adjustment shut down the Green Earth Recycling facility, according to the Arizona Association of RVs and Campgrounds.
Mulching facility opponents plan to deliver their petitions to the Phoenix Board of Adjustment at 2 p.m. Monday (Aug. 24) in the Phoenix City Hall building.
The Phoenix Board of Adjustment denied Green Earth’s request for a three-year temporary use permit on July 8, but the company is appealing the denial.
A Board of Adjustment hearing will be held at noon Sept. 3 in Phoenix City Council Chambers, during which time Deer Valley residents and businesses plan to voice their opposition to Green Earth’s mulching operations.
Petitioners say the open-air facility frequently blankets Deer Valley area RV parks and businesses with noxious fumes and airborne particles that have been known to cover parked cars and driveways with as much as a quarter of an inch or more of dust.
“The arrival of Green Earth and their composting activities have clearly ruined the air quality in this area,” said Maggie Torres, a Desert’s Edge RV resident and petition signer who said she has had to seek hospital treatment as a result of airborne pollution from Green Earth’s mulching operations.