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Foul odor in Oroville to be resolved in coming weeks

The city of Oroville has released new information regarding a foul smell coming from the Pacific Oroville Power Facility on S. 5th Avenue.

Posted: Jul 13, 2019 10:23 AM
Updated: Jul 16, 2019 5:20 PM

UPDATE 4:40 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - The city of Oroville has released new information regarding a foul smell coming from the Pacific Oroville Power Facility on S. 5th Avenue. 

The company says it will be separating the dried tomatoes, which caused the foul smell, from the peaches and prunes they are also drying on the property. 

The owner had five days to respond to the city with a solution. 

He says the odor will be removed within the next two weeks. 

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OROVILLE, Calif. - Locals in Oroville are concerned over a foul odor in the city.

Authorities said the smell was caused by a pile of rotten fruit. 

Oroville City Council Member David Pittman said the acting city administrator and the mayor investigated the smell and found it coming from the Pacific Oroville Power Facility off of S. 5th Avenue. 

The CEO of the company, Fred Starcher, said he's owned the property for two and a half years. Since then, Starcher said Brannon Byrne Farms has been bringing fruit and drying it on their land. 

He said the smell hasn't been a complaint until now. 

Action News Now reached out to Brannon Byrne Farms but have not heard back. 

Pittman said the farmer is using the dried fruit as a supplement for dog food. 

City leaders told the property owner Thursday that he has five days to get rid of the smell, whether that's covering the mound or removing the pile completely. 

Pittman said if the property owner doesn't comply after the verbal warning, the city will start its legal process to get rid of the odor. 

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