Churchill County Oil Refiner Making Big Stink

Churchill County residents are making a big stink about the failure of state regulators to take action against an oil refining plant that is emitting a nasty odor west of Fallon.

Officials for the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection went before the county commission yesterday (Thursday) to outline the steps they are taking to investigate the odor at Bango Oil.

Richard Wideman was among the residents who complained about the
state agency dragging its feet on the matter.

He says the problem has been going on since April and it took him less than a week to determine the source of the foul odor.

Another resident, Lorraine Griffin, blames the fumes for turning a tree on her property brown overnight.

Mike Elges, chief of NDEP's Bureau of Air Pollution Control, says he can attest to the fact that it's definitely a "noxious odor."

Bango Oil co-owner Phil Solaro says the problem stems from a heating unit that's failing to get hot enough to eliminate oil from the steam.

He says a new oxidizer will be installed within the next three weeks.