ASHLAND, Ore. — A business in Ashland is causing a stink – literally. Nearby businesses and a school say they are not sure what is going on at the property, but there is a stench that can be smelled for blocks.
The place is owned by the Croman Corporation and is being contracted out to Johnny Cat Excavators out of Jacksonville. A Johnny Cat employee says the piles consist of bark from trees. They are breaking down the bark and turning it into mulch.
Residents and businesses in the area say the process smells, and a nearby school is concerned the smell could be toxic. Ashland Fire and Rescue says they are not aware of any hazards.
They say the company has followed the fire code procedures in place, and that the land is zoned to be a mill, so there is nothing that can be done.
“This is a process and a product we see in other locations in the county. It is a fairly normal type product that we go and we pay for it. We buy that kind of stuff to make our garden and our grass greener,” explained Margueritte Hickman, with Ashland Fire and Rescue.
The piles look like they are smoking or steaming, but that is all part of the organic breakdown process. NewsWatch 12 did reach out to Johnny Cat Excavation about the site, and they said they had no comment.