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Neighbors say the business is making Henderson's neighborhood smell

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LAS VEGAS, NV (FOX5) – The Clark County Air Quality Department has reported 111 complaints, all of which involve one Henderson business. Neighbors in the Black Mountain Ranch area say their neighborhood often stinks because of the nearby commercial establishments. Some people compare it to dryer sheets.

When FOX5 visited the neighborhood, Black Mountain Ranch HOA president Michael Vlaovich said, “We went back and forth a couple of times this afternoon.”

“Actually, it’s like perfume. I had an HVAC service guy here the other day and he thought I was wearing perfume,” Bravic revealed. Sometimes the smell is so strong that you are forced to go inside.

“They get their throats rough and that’s where it all starts,” Bravic claimed.

It’s been going on for the past two years, and the smell is believed to be coming from a nearby Poly-West plant, Braovic said.

“They make scented garbage bags,” Vravic said. Vlaovich tried going to a company near Interstate 11 and he Nevada State Drive to ask what chemicals were in the air, but to no avail.

“We want to know what’s in the vapors we breathe…my neighbor and I will drive over there to see if we can talk directly to someone. but I couldn’t get past the guard at the gate. There is no

Clark County Air Traffic Control was inside and told FOX5:

Since September 1, 2020, our Air Quality Department has received and investigated 111 complaints about Poly West. One of the complaints was proven to be caused by odors and resulted in a Notice of Violation (NOV). issued his second NOV as a result of a complete compliance assessment for the period from November 2, 2018 to November 5, 2020. I discovered Poly West was using scented pellets in an extruder, an unauthorized activity.

These NOVs were issued on November 25, 2020 and December 9, 2020. The Air Quality Division entered into a settlement agreement with Poly West. Poly West agreed to install and operate a recuperative catalytic oxidizer to control odor-causing volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Emissions from the facility are approximately $650,000. They also paid his reduced penalty of $5,832.

In April of this year, our compliance officer performed a walkthrough of the Poly West facility and detected a foul odor on the roof of the facility. Poly West was issued a written warning for inadequate odor control and asked to respond with a comprehensive plan to address the concerns mentioned in the warning.

Our Compliance Officer conducted a follow-up walkthrough on June 1, 2022 and confirmed that our concerns were being addressed by Poly West. They were asked to provide monthly progress updates to the Air Quality Department. Poly West is currently compliant with all air quality regulations and operating within air permits.

In 2021, our Compliance Section conducted 776 stationary source inspections. We continue to respond to all complaints we receive and within the first 24 hours he resolves over 99% of them. For more information on what constitutes an odor violation, see Section 43 of the Air Quality Regulations. Odor in ambient air.

However, Vlaovich says the smell still lingers in the neighborhood and wants it to go away.

“My wife is very sensitive to smells, so I would like her to be in a good mood again … she won’t go out … if it didn’t smell, I don’t think we would,” says Vlaovich. claimed.

FOX5 also tried to contact Poly-West, but the local phone was unanswered. I then sent an email to head office. As of this report, we have yet to receive a response.

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