On September 19, 1999, at 4 a.m. my husband and I were awakened by the stench from the
Synagro composting facility. The odor was so intense I couldn't lift my head off the pillow.
Since then I have been suffering violent headaches (and I am a person who never got headaches).
I have a vile, metallic taste in my mouth. My eyes, nose and throat burn.
I called Riverside County at 4:30 a.m. (They have a telephone line for odors.) I finally reached an environmental health official from the county at 8 a.m. I told him how bad the odor was. He said to me, "Dianna, get out of your house. Go to the mall, the library or go to a movie ... but get out of that house."
We have winds blowing every day here. You can see the dust blow down off the mountain from the composting facility towards us. Synagro has over 200 acres up there. They have big piles of sludge on 3 pads. There is so much, they are not even turning it. They have another pad -- number 5 -- where they have had sludge sitting there since 1989. It was a mountain of sludge. They are slowly whittling it down and I think they are spreading it in Menifee, California. I believe we are being exposed to airborne pathogens.
I have been suffering continual nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, sore and irritated throat, burning in my nose, nasal congestion every day of my life since this started, shortness of breath, and occasional bouts of thick, choking mucus. My husband and I never had nosebleeds until this composting facility moved in and we were exposed to the sludge emissions. I have a persistent cough which sounds terrible, which I cannot get rid of.
I had 5 horses on my property and I never had a fly problem. But when Recyc started with their processing facility we were plagued with swarms of flies. My horses had fly bites and their throats welled up and they couldn't swallow. The horses had diarrhea so bad it was squirting out. The vet said some kind of airborne viral or bacterial infection got in my horses and killed the flora in their stomachs and caused this tremendous infection. My vet told me to get out of here.
I was told by Mr. Damian of Riverside County to shut up and stop taking about people suffering health problems from the sludge. The stink was so bad around Christmas that Mr. Fanning of the local health agency told me to make alternative plans for the holidays (away from
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