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Mount Olive residents frustrated by lingering foul odor

Posted May 21, 2015

— Mount Olive residents say they are frustrated by a foul odor lingering over the town.

"It almost smells like a turkey house, or manure," Tammie Strickland said. "When I'm coming to work, I have to come by the pickle plant and it is just awful."

Lynn Williams, a spokesperson with the Mount Olive Pickle Co., said the smell is ammonia, a byproduct of the plant’s waste treatment process.

Williams said the smell is usually minor, but an over-accumulation of storm water cause the odor to overflow.

"Because of the winter we've had, it has created some more underlying issues that have been a little more difficult to remedy," she said. "That got our system out of balance, and it's taking time to get that ammonia waste under control."

Williams said she is aware residents are upset.

"We realize that it has been an inconvenience to the folks who live around us," she said. "Depending on how the wind blows around town, everyone has had a dose of the smell. We do apologize for that."

She said the smell could last another several weeks until the company is able to fully fix the problem.


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  • Aanritsen Deur May 22, 2015
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    And people who just moved to the country complain about the smell of manure.

    And people who just moved to downtown Raleigh complain about the sound of the train at night.

    The idiocy never ends.

  • Aanritsen Deur May 22, 2015
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    Overflowed where or into what?
    And because it's the largest (almost only) employer down there, what's it help to complain? If California didn't close the sriracha plant that was burning people's eyes and noses, this isn't going to close or change either.

  • Tammy Thornton May 22, 2015
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    It is distressing to know that the quality of life for many is so easily diminished by a few.

  • Belinda Warrick May 22, 2015
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    Who cares. The pickle plant was there before anyone living there now. Get over it and don't mess with my pickles. So help me if go to the store and they're out because some dummy complaint slowed down production I will turn into the Hulk and destroy you. Haha I live a football field away from a hog farm and cows and donkeys and horses and blah blah blah blah blah. Sometimes I have to run real fast to my car so I don't smell like hog feces. But that's life in the country and I knew it when I moved here. Mt. Olive Pickle Plant will still be here long after anyone living now dies. Don't mess with my PICKLES!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jason Starcommand May 22, 2015
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  • Edward Anderson May 22, 2015
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    "First world problems." Ashley Moore

    Bwahahaha!!!! ROTFL!

  • Terry Watts May 22, 2015
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    In other news, people living by the airport complain about airplane noise...

  • Mike Jones May 22, 2015
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    Pickle plnt smells, turkey house stinks, hog lagoon's overflowing electric company dump toxins, raises rates. and of course our beach sand is migrating southward. NC is just falling apart. :(

  • Rudy Rowell May 22, 2015
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    Waste water is contained in a treatment lagoon that is not inside a building, when odor is produced by that treatment facility they add chemicals to the process to eliminate the odors. sometime the chemicals they add make the problem worse before the odors can be eliminated. it is not Mt. Olive's fault you bought a home close to their plant; that is what your real estate agent should have told you before you purchased your home.

    I live near a Kellogg's manufacturing plant, some days I smell what they are baking, I live near a community pool also; in the summer I can hear the people enjoying the pool inside my house with all the windows and doors closed and the TV on... I knew all that when I bought the house to complain about it now would be foolish and make me a bad neighbor.

  • David Matthews May 22, 2015
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    There's a pickle plant in Mt Olive?