Residents in Parkchester may soon be able to breathe fresh air

Residents who have been complaining about a foul odor coming from a smoked turkey plant may soon be able to breathe fresh air.

According to a spokesperson from the Department of Environmental Protection, odor elimination equipment at LSK Smoked Turkey Products Inc. hasn't been working. The spokesperson says the plant has received seven violations and earlier this week received another one.

LSK denies the equipment is not functioning. In a statement, LSK management said, "A representative from the Environmental Control Board came to investigate shortly after the system began operation and there was no problem with odors." But the mayor and DEP say that's not true.

The mayor and the DEP have asked the city's Environmental Control Board to shut down the plant until the smell can be rectified. The DEP spokesperson said the plant could close temporarily as soon as October 26 when the matter goes before the Environmental Control Board.

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