St. Paul, Minnesota – May 23
With residents enjoying the outdoors and staying close to home, the city has been seeing a “major uptick” in the number of complaints of foul air wafting across town, according to City Planner Michael Healy.
Although the origins were not officially verified by the city, remnants from the city’s shuttered stockyards — Sanimax USA, Twin City Hide, Twin City Tanning and Long Cheng Hmong Livestock & Meat Processing Plant — and the city’s compost site have been blamed.
A city ordinance — enacted in 2014 and believed to be the only one of its kind in Minnesota — is not curtailing the stench, officials and residents say. So last week the city council amended the local law to give it more “teeth” to hold odor producers that do not want to work with the city accountable.