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Polk County cites soil manufacturer for foul odor

LAKELAND — Polk County officials on Thursday cited an East Lakeland industrial facility for violating odor regulations.

The citation comes after numerous complaints from residents and a report from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection that BS Ranch & Farm, a facility that recycles human waste, out-of-date foods and mulch into soil, violated its permit on five occasions.

And some county commissioners are questioning the plant's operations.

A hearing before a special magistrate about the county violation is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. April 20 in the County Commission boardroom at the County Administration Building, 330 W. Church St. in Bartow.