It's been just over three months since the beef-processing plant in Brawley opened amid excitement that the facility would create 600 jobs, save the local cattle industry and provide a spark to the sagging agricultural economy.
While that excitement has far from ended, there is growing focus on the stench that has proved an irritant to some who live closest to the beef plant. We would hate to see the stink become such a an issue that it overshadows and affects the success of the plant, but the issue must be addressed.
Brawley Beef officials said they are doing just that. They realize there is a problem and are taking steps such as adding hydrogen peroxide to the three wastewater ponds that have been a source of the odors. We can only hope plant officials are placing the focus they say they are on dealing with the issue. We also can only hope they are right when they say the stench is not a permanent problem.