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.
Central Valley was issued a three-year license in 2009 allowing
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 wouldnt renew the
license as the area wasnt zoned for metals
A noise study
conducted at Central Valleys request found noise levels
to be above county limits, according to city records. In April,
the recycler ignored a county request to cease scrapping
owners, who couldnt 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.