Health officials say foul odor in Utah County presents no health risks

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VINEYARD — Officials with the Utah Department of Environmental Quality said the foul odor some Utah County residents have complained about is not a health risk and air quality specialists are working to confirm that.

Several people in Orem, Lindon and Vineyard have complained about a strong, noxious odor giving some people headaches over the past few weeks.

“Three weeks to a month ago it was overwhelming,” said Mike King, who works across from the environmental cleanup going on at the site of the former Geneva Steel plant near the Lindon-Vineyard border. He said the smell intensified recently.

“A metallic-y smell,” he said. “But, it’s gotten way stronger over the past three or four months. It has changed from metallic to earthy. It’s just a real stink. In the shop when they had the swamp coolers on, they’ve had to turn them off a couple of times because people were coughing and hacking and getting migraines.”

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