Lesaffre operates a yeast manufacturing facility in Headland, Alabama. The yeast manufacturing process can cause the release of odorous compounds. As a result of this release, offensive odors envelop the surrounding community. Regularly, the odor reaches such a degree that neighboring landowners must shut their windows and remain inside to obtain relief. In addition to the emission of malodorous compounds such as yeast and molasses, Lesaffre’s manufacturing process also emits acetaldehyde. Not only does acetaldehyde impart a pungent, suffocating odor at high concentrations, it is also a hazardous air pollutant.
The yeast manufacturing process also results in the production of wastewater. In order to dispose of the wastewater, Lesaffre engages in a land application process. The application process involves the use of pivots to liberally distribute the wastewater onto many acres of land surrounding the facility. The odor emitted from the application practice is highly offensive to adjacent landowners. Lesaffre has emitted an odor into the surrounding community which is so offensive that it interferes with the ordinary comfort of the Plaintiffs and it has also caused the value of their property to be adversely affected.
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