The City Council of El Burgo de Osma held its ordinary plenary session on Monday and extended for 12 months the provisional suspension of the admissible noise limit values of the anti-frost fan towers of the La Rasa estate, where Nufri has an apple orchard of 1,100 hectares. In exchange for this exceptionality to the Noise Law, the company has agreed to modify the windows of the homes affected by the noise of the anti-frost fans when they have to be used to protect the trees from low temperatures.
Thus, the company momentarily avoids making a very strong investment to change its anti-frost system. However, the agreement reached with the government will imply the company makes an investment.
"Nufri will measure the noise in the affected homes and soundproof their windows so that the interior audiometric measurement complies with the regulations, both in the resting and common areas," stated Miguel Cobo, mayor of El Burgo de Osma. This will be done in the houses that have a cadastral reference and are legally established for dwelling. The neighbors must request this at the City Council and give permission to Nufri so that technicians from an agreed company can enter the houses and measure the noise, Cobo stated.
"The Council granted the exceptionality for twelve months, not the 10 years they requested. We'll review the results of the reports and focus on other corrective measures before these twelve months end," Cobo added.
The goal of the City Council is to avoid losing a company that has planned to invest more than 10 million euro in a project for the elderly and that has an average of 450 permanent jobs per year while ensuring that the residents of La Rasa can rest properly.