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Citizens for a Smell Free Marysville meet with Dunshee, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Jan. 5

MARYSVILLE — Unpleasant odors in the area continue to be a concern for Marysville and Everett residents, and the Citizens for a Smell Free Marysville are once again meeting with elected officials and regulatory agencies to see what can be done to put a stop to this issue.

At 5 p.m. on Jan. 5, the Marysville City Council Chambers will serve as the site for a public meeting between state Rep. Hans Dunshee and members of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, the Snohomish County Health District and the Citizens for a Smell Free Marysville, as well as any other interested citizens, to discuss what steps can be taken to eliminate the odors reported by Marysville and Everett residents alike.

Mike Davis, founder of the Citizens for a Smell Free Marysville, has accused the Cedar Grove Composting facility on Smith Island in Everett of generating the odors in question, and expressed his outrage when Cedar Grove alleged, during a Dec. 19 presentation, that the Marysville water treatment plant and a landfill near the Tulalip Reservation were the sources of these smells instead.

"This is a total slap in the face of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and is contrary to their results from more than five years of studying the problem," Davis said. "What's more, their presentation does nothing to explain how Everett residents are getting the exact same odor issues that Marysville residents are."

Davis has also invited a group of citizens from Maple Valley, where Cedar Grove had another composting facility and reached a settlement with its residents over similar odor complaints in the 1990s, to attend the Jan. 5 meeting.

For more information, log onto the Citizens for a Smell Free Marysville website.

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