State suspends compost operation in Crescent



BEND, Ore. — Protests by residents of Crescent in part have led to state officials suspending plans for a compost operation there.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality decided Monday they need more information to judge the environmental impact of starting a compost operation in northern Klamath County.

DEQ decided to postpone the plan after receiving public comment and further evaluating the proposed site, an old mill near Crescent. The agency said it would issue a permit if a revised application demonstrates the operation will meet environmental standards.

The company said it would process 36,000 tons of compost a year. Residents said they feared odor and groundwater pollution.