MAT Asphalt’s permit expired on July 2nd. The IEPA has decided to allow them to keep operating while they apply for a 10 YEAR PERMIT. (It was originally a 5 year permit application, but the IEPA decided to allow them to change it to a 10 year application – again, without offering formal notice to the community).
Several public officials have already committed to opposing the permit, including State Sen. Tony Munoz and State Rep. Theresa Mah. Over 2,000 people have signed a petition demanding that the MAT Asphalt Plant be shut down and relocated. Join us!
HOW TO REPORT ODOR NUISANCE
In the case of MAT Asphalt, their permit requires them to not create an odor nuisance. Reporting odor nuisances is a critical part of holding them accountable to their permit. Make complaints as soon as possible after detecting an odor and provide information in as much detail.
You can also call:
In addition to the date and time of the observation, please consider:
- Describe important characteristics:
- Frequency – how often is the odor detected (continuously, daily, hourly, once a week)?
- Intensity – how strong is the odor (very weak to very strong)?
- Duration – how long does the odor last (seconds, minutes, hours)?
- Offensiveness – how pleasant or unpleasant is the odor (pleasant to highly offensive)?
- Location – where was the odor noticed (business, residence, indoors, outdoors)?
- Describe the odor in as much detail as possible. Does it remind you of a familiar smell such as oil, burned-diesel, asphalt, chemicals, other?
- Weather during odor episode:
- What direction was the wind from?
- Was the wind light, moderate, or strong?
- Was it sunny, overcast or raining?
- How does the odor affect you and your family or your business?