DENVILLE, NJ -- Denville Town Council members and Mayor Thomas Andes discussed during the council's Feb 16 meeting the issue of odor emanating from TerrAscend, a facility that cultivates medical marijuana in neighboring Boonton Township. Denville residents have been complaining about a foul smell since the facility's establishment in the summer of 2020.

“With the assistance of Senator Tony Bucco, Denville Township was able to have...our third meeting on February 9 with New Jersey Department of Health and New Jersey Department of Environmental Officials,” said Andes.

“The most recent virtual meeting, which also included representatives from TerrAscend, [included] a presentation on cannabis plant growth and the improvements they are making to the facility in an attempt to manage the foul odor. TerrAscend explained the different air filtration systems they were in the process of installing and provided a commitment to remedy the situation and be a good neighbor to the residential propert[y] [owners] located nearby.”

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“The number of odor complaints has dropped dramatically in the last month as TerrAscend has been modifying the air filtration system. Naturally, the representation from Denville, Boonton Township and the Morris County Health Department all had concerns that the better air quality may be partially a result of the freezing air temperatures."

Andes said that TerrAscend will continue to give upgrades and testings, while Denville presses the Department of Health to make further enforcement if the proposed improvements are ineffective.

“Additionally, Administrator Steven Ward and I met with Boonton Township and representatives from an air quality testing company to discuss the possibility of Denville and Boonton Township working together, with Boonton Township taking the lead on testing the air quality surrounding the farm in both communities,” said Andes.

“A proposal will be made as to when and where to test, the total cost and the cost-share. We felt this was important to have an independent odor analysis performed, so we are not relying on odor data coming from the offending company.”

 

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