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  • Boiler Explosion at St. Louis Factory Kills 3, Injures at Least 1 More

    A boiler explosion at a factory in the Soulard industrial area of St. Louis killed three victims and critically injured another Monday morning. According to authorities, the incident occurred shortly after 7:30 a.m. on April 4, at the Loy-Lange Box Company. The force of the explosion caused the boiler to shoot through the roof of the building traveling over 500 feet and then crash into neighboring ...
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  • Proposal approved to help odor problems at Campbell County landfill in Rustburg, Virginia

    The News and Advance reports the Region 2000 Services Authority has approved a new system to mitigate the off-site odors that have been affecting residents. We recently blogged about this proposal. Regardless of these efforts, this will not compensate residents for the loss of use and enjoyment of their properties they have already endured. While I do not currently represent anyone involved with ...
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  • Odor complaints down in Shawnee, Kansas

    The Shawnee Dispatch reports efforts to control odors at the Johnson County Landfill have resulted in fewer complaints. We recently blogged city officials have been working with the landfill to reduce odors. Despite the city and landfill working together to remedy the odor nuisance in the future, these measures do not compensate the residents for the loss of use and enjoyment of their properties ...
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  • Dozens of Ringgold, Virginia residents meet with First Piedmont Landfill officials to voice concerns about odor contamination

    GoDanRiver.com reports more than 100 people attended a public meeting on April 20, 2016, with officials from First Piedmont Waste Solutions to discuss concerns about odors coming from the landfill that are affecting the use and enjoyment of their property. According to resident Julie Griffin, the odor is so bad that she and her husband cannot have a cookout or invite friends over. Resident Janice ...
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  • Freeport, Florida residents want to know where odors are coming from

    News Channel 7 WJHG.com of Panama City, Fla., reports residents are concerned about noxious odors on their properties. They believe they stem from the nearby abandoned Coyote Landfill, or the neighboring WastePro Landfill – where a subterranean landfill fire has been burning since July, 2015. The landfills are not lined and both exist under the water table. As such, residents are also concerned ...
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  • Odors affecting residents living near the Twin Chimneys Landfill in Greenville County, South Carolina

    Greenville Online reports Greenville County residents recently met with the county and state Department of Health and Environmental Control leaders to express their concerns about odors from the Twin Chimneys Landfill, odors which residents likened to vomit and rotten eggs. The county has since expanded its efforts to contain the odors, but there is no guarantee the smells will not continue to ...
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  • Action taken by Shawnee, Kansas officials and Johnson County Landfill

    We previously blogged about noxious odors from the Johnson County Landfill affecting Shawnee, Kansas residents. The Shawnee Dispatch now reports numerous changes have been implemented by city officials and the Johnson County Landfill to remedy the odors. Complaints had reached unprecedented numbers in the latter half of 2015. Since February, when the landfill’s owner Waste Management installed a ...
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  • Residents in the Pearland, Texas area still plagued by foul odors, while source remains unconfirmed

    We previously blogged about a mysterious odor plaguing residents in Pearland, Texas. The Houston Chronicle now reports the source is still unidentified despite numerous resident complaints and subsequent health effects felt by residents. Local resident, Nina Gutierrez-Garcia, said when the odors are particularly strong she is plagued by watery eyes and nausea. Since August 2015, the Texas ...
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  • Houston, Texas plant denying violations despite local residents' complaints and health inspector confirmation

    ABC 13 Eyewitness News reports Heritage Creek residents in northwest Houston, Texas have been complaining about an obnoxious odor emanating from the Goodman Manufacturing Plant over the last year onto their properties. Local resident Peter Cirrone stated when it gets smoky and odorous they have to put their shirts over their mouths and go inside their homes. Homeowner Heather Browne described the ...
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  • Michigan House bill would hike fines for odor violations

    WasteDIVE.com reports proposed Michigan House Bill 4783, will nearly double landfill operators’ fines for illegal odors, with first violations increasing to $20,000, and $40,000 for the second violation. State Representative Al Pscholka drafted the bill after seeing his constituents suffering for years from noxious odors coming from the Orchard Hill Landfill in Coloma, Mich. We previously blogged ...
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  • Despite assurances from local and federal government, Northville Township residents still concerned about landfill odors

    HometownLife.com reports officials in Michigan’s Northville Township invited representatives from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to explain the rampant odors emanating from the Arbor Hills landfill to affected residents. Residents have been voicing their concerns about health problems, both short-term and long-term. Some residents have complained of currently suffering from ...
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  • Unbearable odor causing residents to leave their homes in Pearland, Texas

    The Chron reports the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has received more than 450 odor complaints from residents over the last six months. Officials are investigating the source of the odors, which could be nearby landfills or the chemical plant Akzo Nobel Surface Chemistry. While I do not currently represent anyone involved with this site, I have represented more than 2,000 ...
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  • Officials attempt to fix odor problem in Orange County, Florida

    We previously blogged residents in Orange County, Fla., have been complaining about foul odors on their properties since March, 2005. Fox 35 now reports the managers recently met with about 50 residents to update them on their efforts to control the odors. Unfortunately they also stated they can’t guarantee their efforts will control the odors. While I currently do not represent anyone at this ...
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  • City of Le Seuer, Minnesota hires firm to conduct odor monitoring

    We previously blogged about the city of Le Sueur looking into ways to monitor noxious odors as a result if increased complaints from residents. The Le Sueur News-Herald now reports the Le Seuer City Council is contacting an engineering firm in the Twin Cities to test and monitor the town’s odors – along with determining the source of the odors. While I do not currently represent anyone involved ...
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  • Residents feel complaints about odors from the Clark Floyd County Landfill in Indiana fall on deaf ears

    We recently blogged neighbors near a landfill in Borden, Ind., started complaining the landfill odors on their properties are distressing enough to cause burning eyes, noses and throats. They believe the odors started after a 2012 vertical expansion of the site. WDRB.com now reports the Indiana DEM, along with county officials and the landfill are tracking complaints and looking for the cause of ...
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  • Whitewater, Colorado residents concerned about current and future pond odors

    The Daily Sentinel reports Whitewater, Colo., residents are calling for an end to foul odors from two evaporation ponds at the Deer Creek wastewater treatment facility. Resident Rhea Garvey said the odors can be detected outside the Deer Creek property lines, in violation of the company’s conditional-use permit. Whitewater residents also dispute the odors are coming from other nearby sources, such ...
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  • Solid waste authority reviews efforts to reduce odor in Campbell County, Virginia

    The News Advance reports despite increased spending to control odors from the Livestock Road Regional Landfill, the odor problem remains. The article discusses a report from SCS Engineering which states the level of hydrogen sulfide in the air is “a third of Environmental Protection Agency limits.” What the article does not say is rotten egg odors from hydrogen sulfide have a low odor threshold. ...
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  • Complaints pouring in from Shawnee, Kansas residents concerning Deffenbaugh Landfill odors

    Citycode Financial reports from October-December of 2015, the city of Shawnee, Kan., received 138 complaints about the Deffenbaugh Landfill. The city received at least one complaint per day in the month of December, raising concerns about the residents’ quality of life. We previously blogged in May 2014, that Deffenbaugh Industries, Inc. hired a consulting firm to do testing to determine the ...
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  • Gloucester County, New Jersey residents overwhelmed by nauseating landfill odors

    The Daily Press reports residents of Gloucester County, New Jersey have been complaining constantly of the odors from the Middle Peninsula Landfill and Recycling Center. The nauseating odors have been lingering for months, allegedly caused by recent waste containing a higher level of sulfate. The complaints of a “rotten egg” smell has prompted the Board of Supervisors to request a plan of action ...
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  • Residents protesting odors from North Mountain Sanitary Landfill

    The Journal reports residents have joined forces with the Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority to have their concerns heard, stemming from a continuous odor nuisance from LCS Services’ North Mountain Sanitary Landfill in West Virginia. Although residents have been complaining of the odors for years, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection reports it has found no off-site odor ...
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  • Proposal to halt Porter Ranch gas leak garnering support

    We have been following the developments of the gas leak at the Aliso Canyon Storage Facility near Porter Ranch, Calif. The Los Angeles Daily News now reports hundreds of people attended an all-day hearing on Saturday, January 9, in support of a proposed stipulated order of abatement being considered by the South Coast Air Quality Management District Hearing Board. The proposed order would require ...
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  • Legislation to be introduced to address odors affecting residents in Rustburg, Virginia

    We previously blogged residents organized to ensure their concerns were heard about the malodors coming from the Region 2000 landfill in Campbell County, Va. Now, The News & Advance reports as a result of the loud call from residents, Del. Matt Fariss intends to introduce legislation related to landfills in residential neighborhoods. Residents have been complaining about an overwhelming odor ...
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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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  • 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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