In February, we previously blogged that that the IEPA has listened to resident complaints, investigated, and as a result, sent violation notices to the Winnebago Landfill. WIFR is now reporting that since then, landfill odors have actually increased. Philip Hanson, who lives in the Living Woods Estates is quoted in the story saying that "[t]he odor has increased to a point where it has been gagging, choking, you could almost feel particulate in every breath."
EPA officials think the cause comes from an energy plant on the property that is supposed to be converting the garbage into energy, but is somehow not working correctly. The owner, William Charles, has been ordered to come up with ways to mitigate the landfill odors. They are to discuss their proposal to mitigate the odors with the EPA. If the EPA rejects the plan, their case will be referred to the Attorney General.
I am licensed in Illinois and am currently representing nearly 200 residents in Clinton, Illinois who are dealing with similar problems of horrible odors coming from a nearby landfill.
We will be monitoring this situation closely. While I do not represent anyone living near the Winnebago landfill, I do represent hundreds of similarly situated people around the country in landfill litigation cases. To find out if The Simon Law Firm can help with a landfill litigation case, contact environmental lawyer Todd Hageman. I am licensed to practice in Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin.