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Calif. recycler called nuisance property

Keywords: Tags  metals reycler, Central Valley Recycling, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — Central Valley Recycling will learn this week if it must cease most of its metals recycling activities after residents’ concerns about noise and dust prompted local officials to cite it as a nuisance property.

The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors will decide July 16 whether to adopt the recommendation of the Nuisance Abatement Hearing Board or to hold an Aug. 20 hearing on the matter.

If the recommendation is adopted, Central Valley Recycling would still be permitted to accept some items, including aluminum cans but would have to halt metals recycling.

Modesto, Calif.-based Central Valley was issued a three-year license in 2009 allowing metals recycling.

An application to renew the license in early 2012 was put on hold after neighbors voiced concerns about dust and noise stemming from the metals processing activity. The planning department verified the complaints and noted that the intensity of metals recycling had increased, it said.

In September 2012, the planning department decided that it wouldn’t renew the license as the area wasn’t zoned for metals processing.

A noise study conducted at Central Valley’s request found noise levels to be above county limits, according to city records. In April, the recycler ignored a county request to cease scrapping metals.

The company’s owners, who couldn’t be reached for comment, have reportedly taken steps to address neighbors’ concerns, including purchasing a water truck to control dust and offering to construct a 10-foot-high sound barrier.

Editor's Note: Due to an editing error, an earlier version of this story misidentified the yard's owner.

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