Recently the ATSDR and Massachusetts Department of Public Health released "REVIEW OF PROPOSALS FOR AIR MONITORING AND RISK ASSESSMENT AT THE NORTHAMPTON SANITARY LANDFILL NORTHAMPTON, HAMPSHIRE COUNTY, MASSACHUSETTS, EPA FACILITY ID: MAR000010512".
The health consultation was conducted because residents of Northampton, Massachusetts, were concerned about potential exposures to air emissions from the Northampton Sanitary Landfill. The MPHD began to study the off-gassing landfill, but concluded it did not have enough information to make a full and proper health assessment. So the MPHD has placed on the internet a proposal for air monitoring.
According to the MPHD between April 2008 and January 2009, 400 calls were made to the landfill's odor complaint response hotline. Table 1 of the report provides that the maximum modeled annual average ambient air concentrations of hydrogen sulfide was 13.9 ppb. Hydrogen sulfide gas and its associated rotten egg smell can be detected by humans at levels as low as 2.5 ppb. I find it concerning that the recommendations for the statement of work does not address that the analytical method for hydrogen sulfide sampling be beneath the odor threshold.
We will keep an eye on this for developments. While we do not represent anyone at this site, we represent hundreds of similarly situated people around the country in various landfill and environmental litigation.
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