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Blog Posts in 2015

  • Porter Ranch residents inundated with injected chemical odors

    We previously blogged about the gas leak near Porter Ranch, Calif. Now, the Los Angeles Times reports thousands of area residents have been displaced or are still suffering from headaches and nausea from the gas leak. The otherwise odorless methane gas is producing an overwhelming odor due to two foul-smelling chemicals injected into the gas. This injection generally acts as a safety precaution, ...
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  • Clark Floyd County Landfill neighbors complain of burning eyes, noses and throats

    As reported by WDRB.com , the Clark Floyd County Landfill (CFCL) is emitting strong atypical odors which are causing residents of Borden, Ind., to complain of burning eyes, noses and throats. Neighbors noticed a change in the landfill odor after a 2012 vertical expansion of the site. Borden resident Freeda Heatherly stated about 80 percent of the time she cannot tolerate being outside because of ...
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  • OEPA files lawsuit against the Lordstown Construction Recovery Landfill in Ohio

    Following months of complaints from 177 residents , the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) announced it has filed a lawsuit against the Lordstown Construction Recovery Landfill in Ohio according to WFMJ.com . Officials from the OEPA have stated the odor is a nuisance, and against EPA regulations. Residents say unless a settlement with the OEPA is set in stone, they are not convinced the ...
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  • Civil Rights lawsuit filed against the EPA for environmental racism

    According to the Atlanta Black Star , the environmental advocacy group Earthjustice filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), representing residents in predominately black neighborhoods in Flint, Mich., Pittsburgh, Calif., Beaumont, Texas, and Chaves County, New Mexico. The lawsuit claims that the residents' civil rights were violated when the EPA ignored complaints from ...
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  • Public meeting regarding odors from the Lordstown Construction Recovery Landfill in Ohio

    We recently blogged the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was investigating the rotten egg odors plaguing residents living near the Lordstown Construction Recovery Landfill in Ohio. Now, WFMJ.com reports the Ohio EPA and local regulators will hold a community meeting on December 9, 2015, to update residents on their efforts to eliminate the odors. According to the Ohio EPA, the landfill ...
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  • Le Sueur, Minnesota officials looking into ways to monitor odors

    In response to an increasing number of resident complaints, the city of Le Sueur is looking into ways to monitor noxious odors and determine where there is an odor nuisance, according to an article in the Le Sueur News-Herald . Suspected sources of the complaints include the city's wastewater treatment plant, Hometown Bio-Energy, Le Sueur, Inc. and Cambria. City officials have been speaking with ...
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  • Porter Ranch, California residents facing relocation due to gas leak

    NBC Southern California has reported a faulty natural gas storage well at Southern California Gas Company is causing fumes and odors to invade neighboring Porter Ranch residences. The leak was discovered on October 23, 2015, at an Aliso Canyon storage facility near Northridge, and was later reported to the county five days later. The leak could take months to repair, but the gas company claims ...
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  • Composting facility under scrutiny in Wantage, New Jersey

    KWWL News of St. Waterloo, IA, now reports the composting facility owned by Clark Road Realty, LLC, and operated by RER Recycling of Riverdale is causing unpleasant odors for residents and potentially operating outside of the acreage allowed under its current site plan.
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  • Residents organizing in Rustburg, Virginia to speak as one about odor concerns

    The News and Advance is reporting that residents have organized to make sure their concerns are heard over the odors from the landfill in Campbell County trespassing onto their properties. Both the Region 2000 Services Authority and Virginia DEQ are taking complaints from residents.
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  • Deadline implemented for fertilizer plant in North Bend, Oregon to cease nuisance odors

    We have previously blogged about the declared odor nuisance occurring at Rapid Growth Nutrients in North Bend, Ore., where residents have been complaining of foul odors emanating from the organic fertilizer plant. The World is now reporting that the North Bend City Council has given Rapid Growth Nutrients a deadline of 90 days to implement substantive modifications to the facility that is ...
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  • Maldonado v. Regal Riverfront Hotel

    Overview: A boxer was awarded $42 million by a jury for brain damage due to a hotel's failure to have an ambulance at a boxing match. He was eventually diagnosed with severe brain damage. Attorneys: John G. Simon
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  • Maine DEP addressing "nuisance odor" in Arundel

    The Portland Press Herald reports the stench plaguing residents in Arundel, Maine, is coming from a composting facility owned and operated by Dubois Livestock & Excavating, Inc. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) rules say that compost must be sufficiently cured so it does not create a "nuisance odor." However, the company refused to let officials inspect the site. DEP is determining ...
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  • Judge rules against residents in small claims complaint against asphalt plant

    Fox 11 of Reno, NV, reports residents came out to support Mike Miller in his small claims complaint against Paramount Asphalt Company. In the claim, Miller accuses Paramount of causing an odor nuisance on his property resulting in watery eyes and migraines. His neighbors have similar complaints. Residents Sue Urschel and Virginia Hill also claim to get headaches when the odors are bad. The judge ...
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  • Plans to expand the Yukon Landfill in Yukon Pennsylvania are in jeopardy

    The Trib Live News reports the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) informed the owner of the landfill, MAX Environmental Technologies, there are problems with the application to expand the landfill. Problems noted include how they plan to cover treated waste - a major component in preventing odors. A prior blog by The Simon Law Firm, P.C. featured how the landfill was ...
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  • Residents organizing against the Middle Point Landfill in Murfreesboro, Tennessee

    We have been blogging about odors plaguing residents living the Middle Point Landfill . News Channel 5 Nashville , now reports that members of the Walter Hill community met to discuss how they can take action against the landfill as a group. The meeting was organized by Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM) .
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