Sep 29, 2016
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Residents in the Point Richmond area may have recently noticed a periodic, earthy odor in the air.

The odor was apparently related to a temporary winterization operation at the Republic Services landfill facility at 1 Parr Blvd. The smell has been particularly pronounced this year due to the recent bout of heat in the Bay Area, company spokeswoman Bielle Moore said.

“It’s an imperfect storm,” Moore said. “It’s something we do every year. We just don’t usually have a heat wave.”

On Monday, the company sprinkled an agent at the facility designed to reduce the odor, Moore said. The winterization operation will continue for another 2.5 weeks. Work on the operation will be conducted Monday through Friday during the day, when most residents are at work, Moore said.

The winterization operation prepares the Parr facility for the possibility of significant rains. To prevent erosion from the rain, soil is moved around at the facility, but no new dirt is being added, Moore said.



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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.