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Rezoning of Dubuque County compost facility to help eliminate odor

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The Dubuque County Board of Supervisors approved a rezoning request Monday morning that should take care of odors that have caused many living in and near Epworth to complain.

The company, Midwest Organic Solutions, must cease composting animal products, food and drywall by the end of March, which should help with the odors that have caused issues for many nearby residents.

"If it's a really bad day, and you're sitting outside, you don't like sitting outside, you go back inside because of the smell. You can't open your window sometimes in the summertime because of the smell. Just a lot of quality of life things," said Sandy Gassman, Epworth's mayor.

They will still be able to compost yard and food waste.

"We're very pleased. We're pleased with the supervisors and the zoning board. And we're very happy with the owners and their willingness to work with us on it. They met with us a couple of different times, and we emailed back and forth trying to get the details figured out," Gassman said.

A spokesperson for the company told KWWL today they've been trying their best to be good neighbors through this whole process.  As for how this will affect business going forward, he said he's not sure.

While the agreement says they have until the end of March, Gassman says the company will stop taking meat waste in the next 60-70 days.

"And when that happens, the smell should dissipate pretty regularly. It'll just take them a while to get that all worked in, but as soon as it's all worked in, I think we'll have a lot of happy people," she said.

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