“We do respond and take time to go down and investigate complaints when we receive them,” said Steers.
As with any landfill, “Our work area at times does have an odor,” added Guidry.
But it may not be the only source of the smell that has so many holding their nose.
When asked if the landfill is to blame for all the odors Jeff Steers replied:
“I wouldn’t say that, we could say that exclusively. Occasionally we’ve noticed sewage odors from the waste water treatment facility or from pump stations.”
The South Central Waste Water facility sits on the banks of the Appomattox River less than a mile from the landfill.
“They could be the source but that doesn’t necessarily mean that’s a violation to have an occasional odor coming off their treatment plant,” said Steers.
While the landfill has been cited in the past by DEQ, they were for non-odor related issues.
“There is no ongoing noncompliance issues with odors from the facility,” said Steers.
“We’ve been inspected several times over the past year because of odor complaints that have come in. That being said, no off-site odors the been found from the landfill outside of what we consider reasonable odors to operate an MSW landfill,” said Guidry.
The landfill just recently spent more than $100,000 for new wells to pull gas out of the ground and burn in the air.
“I think they’ve done more to try to minimize the odors, they probably can continue to do more” added Steers.
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