The bad smell in Fort Smith is caused by a company that’s cleaning out agricultural byproduct lagoons in Crawford County’s Arkansas River bottoms, according to the City of Fort Smith.
Mayor George McGill has asked the company to halt the work where the smell is coming from for the time being due to the wind, which is exacerbating the odor and impacting Fort Smith residents. The company has agreed to comply, according to the city.
The city explained that removing the byproducts and sludge and spreading it to dry, to be used as fertilizer, is the source of the smell that wafted through the city for the past few days.
The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is the agency that permitted for the work to be done.
Brad Thomas with Crawford County’s Department of Emergency Management said the work is being done on an agricultural stretch of land that’s at a dead end, Hale Farm Road.