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Blog Posts in March, 2015

  • Rockland, Maine Residents Install Gas Collection Lines to Cut Landfill Odor

    The city of Rockland, Maine is installing over 1/3 of a mile of gas-collecting pipelines in their landfill, the PenBay Pilot reports. The goal, said Acting City Manager Tom Lutrell, is to minimize the odor coming from the area, and the City expects to complete the project by the end of October. In 2012, the city installed a system to burn off gasses emitted by the landfill, according to the Bangor ...
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  • Indianapolis Residents claim that source of odors suspended work during Super Bowl XLVI

    The Indy Star is reporting that Residents in the South side of Indianapolis are tired of the smell of "rotten eggs and natural gas" that has encapsulated their neighborhood. Despite over 30 complaints made, leaders in Indianapolis have stated that the smell is not due to the smudge tanks nearby at Metalworking Lubricants Co. However, residents pointed out that prior to Super Bowl XLVI in 2012, ...
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  • Tony Friedman joins the Hatch-Waxman Litigation Team

    Tony Friedman joins the Hatch-Waxman Litigation Team at The Simon Law Firm, P.C. Our team's experience covers all aspects of the Hatch-Waxman Act, specializing in representing generic pharmaceutical companies in litigation concerning their Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDAs). In particular, we take a multi-disciplinary approach to our clients' strategic and business objectives and ...
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  • Seven SLF Attorneys Attend Judicial Retirement Dinner

    Seven Simon Law Firm, P.C. attorneys will attend The Missouri Bar Association’s 1st Judicial Retirement Dinner tonight at the Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis.
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  • New Legal Administrator at The Simon Law Firm, P.C.

    The Simon Law Firm, P.C. welcomes Angela M. Louis as the firm’s new Legal Administrator.
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  • UPDATE: Florence Residents Secure Victory against Tullytown Landfill

    Updating our earlier post, the residents of Florence, NJ have secured a victory against a Tullytown, PA landfill. After lodging nearly 40 complaints with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the landfill operator has been hit with a notice of violation. Centraljersey.com has reported that the Tullytown Landfill is in violation of municipal waste management rules, and that the ...
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  • Stench from Val Verde, California Landfill Overpowers Local Journalist

    In an editorial posted on SCVNews.com, Santa Clarita Valley resident Darrly Manzer described his encounter with a California landfill. An "awful" smell woke him in the middle of the night, and he decided to investigate. His conclusion: a smell worse than raw sewage was emanating from the landfill at Chiquita Canyon. In the editorial, Manzer worries that the needs of Val Verde residents, a majority ...
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  • State of Vermont is suing the Moretown Landfill near Waterbury, Vermont

    State of Vermont is suing the Moretown Landfill near Waterbury, Vermont MyChamplain Valley is reporting that the State of Vermont is suing the Moretown Landfill over repeated air odor and water violations. The landfill was forced to shut down in July, 2013 after the state denied its request to renew its permit. We have been approached by Waterbury, Vermont residents with a request to investigate ...
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  • South Huntingdon, Pennsylvania Secures Five Figure Fine against MAX Environmental

    As reported by TribLive, city of South Huntingdon has successfully prosecuted MAX Environmental for violating the township's nuisance ordinance. Describing the Industrial Waste Disposal site as "a graveyard for waste," South Huntingdon solicitor Christopher Huffman heralded the decision as a "starting point" in the township's effort to clean up the area. "Unpleasant odors can deprive a person of ...
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  • Shreveport, Louisiana Residents Concerned Landfill Fire Poses Health Risks

    KTAL-TV is reporting that Shreveport residents met with the mayor to protest the noxious odor coming from a long-burning fire at the Harrelson Landfill. Officials do not know how deep the fire is or how hot it is burning, and estimate it will take more than three years to fully close the site. Neighbors have described the odor as a "toxic wasteland," "like a rotten egg," and "horrendous".
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  • Rogersville, Tennessee Students Relocated due to Foul Odor

    Students at Rogersville City School were temporarily relocated due to a noxious odor permeating their classroom. The source was not discovered, but Becky Isaacs, the Director of Schools for the city, thought the odor could have filled the school because of an "aging infrastructure issue."
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  • Residents in Oak Ridge, Georgia in dispute over smell of styrene

    More than 20 residents from Oak Ridge, Georgia have complained of the smell of styrene in their subdivision. Cherokee Tribune has reported that Georgia Environmental Protection Division held a public hearing on the matter on March 3 rd . Bob Swanson, a resident in Oak Ridge, described the nuisance he battles when trying to work on his yard, "I get the dry heaves, a burning in my eyes, fluids start ...
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  • Recycling plant owner admits odor problem in Kissimmee, Florida

    Click Orlando reports that the City of Kissimmee hired an environmental engineering company to conduct an odor evaluation around the Affordable Bio Feedstock plant, after complaints from residents about noxious odors on their properties. The results of the study linked the plant to the odors, and the owner has admitted to the problem. We are currently representing over 300 residents in an odor ...
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  • Noxious Odor from Railway Manufacturer Upsets Little Rock, Arkansas Residents

    KTHV is reporting that Arkansas residents are taking their noxious odor complaints to the North Little Rock City Council, after trying to resolve the issue privately for the last two years. They are accusing Nevada Rail Materials of polluting the air with fumes from its industrial byproduct. Patrick Stair, who lives near the plant, described to KTHV his "breathing issues, headaches and eye strain" ...
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  • Moretown Landfill in Waterbury, Vermont could face over $1,000,000 in penalties in lawsuit

    Vermont Digger is reporting that the State of Vermont is suing the landfill owned by Advanced Disposal for repeated environmental violations. The state says that the company could pay up to $85,000 in civil penalties for each violation, and more if the violations continue. We have been approached by Waterbury, Vermont residents with a request to investigate this case. I am not currently ...
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  • More than 300 residents file a lawsuit against the Rolling Hills Landfill in Pensacola, Florida

    On November 21, 2014, we, along with Zakariah Johnson of Zakariah Johnson, PLLC, and Chuck Hobbs of The Law Office of Charles E. Hobbs filed a lawsuit against South Palafox Properties, the owner and operator of the Rolling Hills Landfill on behalf of over 200 residents. On January 13, 2015, we amended our Complaint, which now includes 330 residents in over 150 households. I have represented over a ...
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  • Grafton, Illinois Fish Factory Busted for "Malodorous Smells"

    The City of Grafton has given American Heartland Fish Products 30 days to abate a nuisance odor, according to the telegraph.com. The plant, which processes fish meal, bone meal and Omega-3 fish oil, was deemed a nuisance by Mayor Tom Thompson. Corrective measures recommended by the Illinois EPA were ineffective at abating the odors, so the City decided to act. Some residents at the hearing went so ...
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  • Florence, New Jersey Residents Fight Pennsylvania Landfill for Cleaner Air

    As reported in both the Burlington County Times and NJ.com, residents of Florence, New Jersey have been fighting with a Tullytown, Pennsylvania landfill operator. The dispute: noxious odors of all kinds saturating the township on the south side of the Delaware river. Florence resident Bob Fitzgerald wants the polluters to pay: “Either we have to leave this town or they have to stop killing us. You ...
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  • Cortland Elementary School Besieged by "Rotten-Egg Odor"

    The Daily-Chronicle is reporting that residents of Cortland, IL have been complaining for close to a year about a "horrible" and "very distinct" smell permeating the town. Lisa Williams notices it while driving her children to school, and again at night, and all through last summer. She, and other Cortland residents, believe they know the culprit. Since August 1, Waste Management began accepting ...
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  • Arvin, California "Bucket Brigade" Tracks Noxious Fumes

    As reported on desmogblog.com, residents of Arvin, California have launched the "Bucket Brigade", a group of trained community members collecting samples of noxious fumes emanating from one of multiple polluters in the area. One such investigation started when a pregnant resident fainted, and led to the discovery of a leaking pipeline owned by Petro Capital Resources. This discovery has forced ...
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  • Congratulations John G. Simon for being inducted into the Inner Circle of Advocates

    Congratulations John for being inducted into The Inner Circle of Advocates . The Inner Circle of Advocates is by invitation and based on criteria that include an applicant's performance and success in the courtroom. The Inner Circle carefully evaluates experience, reputation, judicial references, and peer evaluations to identify the best 100 trial lawyers in the country. Typically, applicants are ...
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