Newport Files Charges Against Recycling Plant Over Alleged Noise Violations
The City of Newport filed multiple charges against River Metals Recycling over allegations that the company violated the city's noise ordinance.
River Metals was the target of numerous residential complaints for loud noises and explosions on its site along the Licking River.
The issue was addressed late last summer when the city and company announced what appeared to be an attempt at a resolution. In August, River Metals agreed to install a custom sound barrier to reduce noise that is part of its daily operations. The company said that it would pay for the installation.
An announcement at the time said that the barrier is designed to reduce noise from the recycling facility by up to 85 percent, a number based upon pre-installation modeling.
But more complaints have ensued and last week the city filed its charges.
"The City of Newport has received numerous complaints regarding explosions that occur at River Metals Recycling," a statement from the city said Wednesday. "The city and River Metals had been working toward a mitigation of this situation in order to improve the quality of life for affected residents. The city has been investigating this situation, which included the use of sound monitoring near the site and at or near properties that have been affected by these explosions.
"The investigation has found that explosions at the River Metals violated Newport's zoning ordinance within the last 30 days, resulting in charges being filed against the company."
The city said that it would have no additional comment at this time.