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North Plains CPO rejects compost permit extension


The Community Participation Organization representing North Plains is urging the Washington County Commission to reject a permit extension for the Nature’s Need composting plant.

The permit expires at the end of the year. The commission must decide whether to extend it while the Recology company that owns the food waste facility tries to work out a compromise with North Plains residents who object to its odors.

Members of CPO 8 voted 23 to 0 against extending the permit on Nov. 13. Chairman John Driscoll notified the commission of the vote in a Nov. 27 email.

“The upshot of the meeting was a clear message from affected residents who chose to attend and speak out,” Driscoll wrote.

Although Nature’s Needs is just outside of North Plains, the food waste it is process comes from Portland through the city’s commercial and curbside composting programs.

“The introduction of food wastes just over a year ago coincided with a dramatic increase in odor complaints,” Driscoll wrote in his email.

Washington County CPOs are supported by the Oregon State University Extension Service to provide information on land-use and livability issues to community members.