Plastic plant claims odor problem is not from its facility

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The Aluf Plastics plant in Orangeburg says its facility passes the "smell test" when it comes to odors plaguing the surrounding community.



In the ongoing battle for better-smelling air, many residents near the plant on Glenshaw Street have been crying foul. Aluf Plastics, long accused of producing offensive odors at the plant, says it now has proof that its facility is not the culprit.



The company claims in a news release that testing by the Environmental Protection Agency, state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Town of Orangetown shows Aluf is not the source of "volatile organic compounds," or VOCs, in the neighborhood.



Orangetown Town Supervisor Andy Stewart says there is "zero doubt" about the odor problem at Aluf, which he says is deliberately trying to mislead the public.



An Aluf spokesman says the EPA made an unannounced visit to the facility last November and reported that inspectors "did not see any conditions that warranted immediate attention."



Stewart says the case against Aluf is pending in court and that the company still faces fines for failing to properly monitor emissions.


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