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Crow Lane landfill odors out of control

We recently wrote about the horrible odors coming from the Crow Lane Landfill in Newburyport, Massachusetts, violating multiple laws and regulations, as the owner, New Ventures attempts to cap the landfill. Wicked Local is now reporting that in the last week, the odors were so bad they spread to a school and cancer center. "The real question is what will be done so the entire summer will not be spent this way," asks Brenda Reffett, an area resident. The main complaints have been the typical complaints of hydrogen sulfide exposure: dizziness, dull headaches, sinus problems congestion and nausea.

Some residents are also concerned that discrepancies are appearing between heavy odors and the readings on meters to measure the odors. Resident Terry Berns had observed that residents were coming into the cancer center complaining that it smelled like rotten eggs, the tell-tale smell of hydrogen sulfide. When she looked at the nearby meter, it registered as zero. We do not know if the meter was reading all levels, or only levels that would lead to health concerns. We have said before that even at safe levels, hydrogen sulfide emits a powerful odor that is a nuisance and can affect your quality of life. One resident who volunteered to have a meter installed on his property, William Woodbury, found discrepancies between what he read on the meter, and what had been reported by New Ventures. Newburyport Councilman Ed Cameron is also frustrated by the odors. He posted on his blog on July 15 that the state needs to do more to make sure the capping is done properly so residents won't continue to suffer.

This has been going on for a long time. Littleriverbasin.org has posted a chronology of events showing problems going back to 2000 when New Ventures took over control of the landfill. We found local blogs as far back as 2006 describing the frustration of residents with the owner of the landfill.

We will keep an eye on this for developments. While we do not represent anyone at this site, we do represent residents living around the nearby Bourne Landfill who are experiencing similar problems and are investigating on their behalf. We also represent hundreds of similarly situated people around the country in various landfill and environmental litigation.

To find out if The Simon Law Firm can help with an environmental lawsuit, contact Todd Hageman toll free or via e-mail.

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