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COUNTY: Mitigate obnoxious odor from roads facility

Letter by Jill Milner, Spanaway on June 27, 2013 at 10:02 am with No Comments »
June 27, 2013 10:02 am

I live in “Spana-Graham” near the Pierce County road works maintenance facility. When I went out to get the paper this morning, I was greeted with the nose-numbing, sneeze-producing stench of the tar (or whatever it is) from that facility that was so thick in the air that you could actually taste it.

People who live in that area are subjected to this stink for most of the spring/summer; even if we have a nice sunny day, you still can’t be outside without having to gag on the stench in the air.

Even with the downpour of rain this morning, it seems that the stink has made it to Tacoma, causing several of my workmates to comment on it. Some even wondered if something was wrong with their vehicles, but I told them that I thought it was the nastiness from the county site out near my house that was causing it.

Isn’t there some way to mitigate this obnoxious odor? It would be extremely nice to be able to enjoy a spring/summer day without having to be subjected to the stink of the goop that is slathered on roads to “repair” cracks. It doesn’t seem to do much good anyway, but it does provide job security for county road works employees. Those of us who are subjected to the nastiness would definitely appreciate it.

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