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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Cuomo Sues Bronx Fertilizer Company
Updated, 4:46 p.m. The state attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo, announced on Thursday that his office was filing a public-nuisance lawsuit against the New York Organic Fertilizer Company, which converts sewage sludge into fertilizer pellets and also produces odors that have been a persistent source of complaint in the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx.
Mr. Cuomo’s is the second such lawsuit to be filed in connection with the plant, at 108 Oak Point Avenue, which began operation in 1992 and makes pellets that are sold to out-of-state agricultural operations. The odors that have been compared with decomposing food, rotten eggs, feces and worse.
Last July, the Natural Resources Defense Council sued the plant in State Supreme Court in the Bronx, on behalf of the 10 residents, as well as a community group called Mothers on the Move. They claimed that odors had nauseated residents, forced them to stay indoors and possibly even caused medical problems. The Hunts Point Water Pollution Control Plant was also named as a defendant.

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