Kittitas County denies composting facility

KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. -- PacifiClean will not be able to build its 120-acre composting facility in Kittitas County. At least not now. Kittitas County commissioners denied PacifiClean's latest request to process organic waste on county property.

The lease request was not favored among many locals and received few votes. Darin Harris a local resident is glad he won't see it. "I don't agree with it out there. There's too many houses in that area and it's kind of in a valley. And I think it would be an eyesore."

Darin is one of several who oppose the composting facility. This the second failed attempt by PacifiClean to set up the operation. The first proposal in Elk Heights failed after neighbors complained.

The big issue this time was that the company wanted to build on part of the existing Kittitas County Solid Waste property. That's county land and current rules prevent renting it. This is the first time there has ever been a request to lease county land. They intend to fix the problem before moving forward. This will allow potential businesses to rent county land.

This latest setback doesn't mean PacifiClean will have to stay away. County Commissioners told KIMA it can still build a composting site, just not on county owned property.

Right now it's not clear where PacifiClean will try next.

To get all sides, KIMA called Pacific Clean repeatedly, but got no response.