Simpson County Residents Upset about Land Farm

It's been about 15 years since Triple M Land Farms has made serious headlines, when they were accused of bringing in human sewage.

Now, Residents are raising concerns as the farm applied for a permit to make their thirty acre operation about ten acres bigger.

It's been a site of discussion for many years in Simpson County, and now the residents who live near Triple M Land Farms don't want it to get any bigger.

"This is a nuisance to our community, our homes which we've lived in for generations," said concerned resident John Weidemann.

Tuesday night, residents of Simpson County met with the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection to voice their concerns about Triple M making their operation about 10 acres bigger.

Triple M applied for a permit with the state to be able to do this, but residents who live nearby say there are already several problems like the dust and smells.

"Variety of nasty odors that you can't be outside, stand to be outside during the summer months, flies, mosquitoes," said Weidemann.

"We're very concerned that to increase their capacity would increase all of the problems we've seen," said concerned resident Jack Wade.

Triple M Land Farms would not go on camera, but did provide comment.

General Manager Danny Luttrell lives on the property and said what they're doing is recycling materials.

He said they take products like dog food waste from Hill's in Bowling Green and rinse water from Stevenson Hams in Portalnd, TN and compost it into the soil, then bacteria essentially starts eating the waste, making the soil stronger.

However, residents are worried they're bringing in hazardous material and dumping it as well.

Triple M said they aren't, but state environment officials said they were fined about 30 thousand dollars a few years ago in relation to hazardous waste.

Triple M said the company that brought the waste brought materials they weren't supposed to bring.

This was a topic brought up by residents at the meeting, and for right now there was no official decision about the permit made.

State environment officials did say recently things have been going pretty well, in fact, their department recently performed an inspection and found no violations.

On top of that, Triple M said the state environment officials make three or four checkups a year.

The state says a decision could come as early as January on whether to grant the permit or not.

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