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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Odors from Middle Point Landfill in Murfreesboro, Tennessee are making residents sick

    The Daily News Journal is reporting that activists, including Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM) , Bring Urban Recycling to Nashville Today! (BURNT) and the Sierra Club Tennessee Chapter have been meeting with residents to encourage them to sway state regulators to stop the Republic owned landfill from polluting the air and water nearby. The odors have been so awful at ...
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  • Residents plagued by stench from the Layon Landfill in Inarajan, Guam

    As reported by the Pacific Daily News , partially treated human waste is a contributing factor to the odors plaguing residents in Inarajan, Guam. Residents started complaining about noxious odors not long after the landfill opened on September 1, 2011. Historically, residents complained for years about the nearby Ordot dump, which was closed by order of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ...
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  • Jury returns verdict in favor of residents against the Tunnel Hill Landfill in Perry County, Ohio

    Todd Hageman of The Simon Law Firm, P.C. along with Zak Johnson of Zakariah Johnson, PLLC and Tom Theado of Gary, Naegele and Theado, prevailed in a seven day trial as to liability on behalf of 121 residents against the owner and operator of the Tunnell Hill Landfill. The jury rendered its verdict on July 28, 2015 that the landfill was operated in a negligent manner. The landfill is located in ...
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  • Residents suffering rotten egg odors from the Orange County Landfill in Avalon Park, Florida

    The Orlando Sentinel and ClickOrlando.com are reporting that residents in Avalon Park, FL, are tired of the smell emitting from the Orange County Landfill, located on Young Pine Road near State Road 417. Nearby residents have compared the stench of the landfill to "bad eggs, dead animals, poop and sewage." After meeting with county leaders on Wednesday evening, residents were told the county would ...
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  • Residents continue to complain about odors coming from The Fall River Landfill in Fall River, Massachusetts

    We previously blogged that the Fall River Landfill was fined nearly $250,000 for excess emissions of sulfur dioxide, soon after it was fined $65,546 for excess emissions of hydrogen sulfide. Turnto10.com is now reporting that residents are continuing to complain about odors. Mike Carpenter and Mike Worsley are among residents who are saying that the odors from the Republic Services owned landfill ...
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  • Neighbors come out to slam Max Environmental owned landfill in Yukon, Pennsylvania

    We previously blogged that the Pennsylvania DEP fined MAX Environmental $70K for odor violations. TribLive is reporting that neighbors came out to a recent public hearing regarding a potential permit modification for the landfill to voice their concerns about the odors. According to resident Craig Zafaras, "he can't enjoy his country residence." We are currently representing over 150 residents in ...
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  • Expansion proposed for Shoosmith Landfill in Chesterfield County, VA, as odors affect residents

    The Richmond Times-Dispatch is reporting that despite fines in 2013 and 2014 from the Virginia DEQ for odor violations, the Shoosmith Landfill is proposing an expansion. The County Supervisors are considering the request for an expansion, and the public comment period will be extended to September, when the Supervisors will make their decision.
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  • Environmental Danger? Loess Hills Regional Landfill in Mills County, Iowa

    KMAland.com reports that trucks are continuing to dispose of bird waste from the avian flu into the Loess Hills Regional Landfill in Mills County, Iowa. Beginning in May, birds began to be deposited into the landfill. Within the past month, containers of equipment and cleaning supplies associated with the disposal have been transported to the landfill instead. Mills County Public Affairs Officer ...
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  • Ohio EPA investigating dust and odors near Lordstown Landfill

    WKBN is reporting that odors of rotten eggs and dust covered cars are plaguing residents living near the Lordstown Construction Recovery Landfill, which is operated by Lafarge. Last June, the local Air-Pollution Control Agency said that dust emissions exceeded permitted limits. Now, residents are describing sulfur or rotten egg odor in the air. Trumbll County and Ohio EPA have received 30 ...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Meeting regarding Orchard Hill Sanitary Landfill in Coloma, Michigan

    The Herald Palladium is reporting that State Rep. Al Pscholka is hosting a meeting to update the public on efforts to reduce offending off-site odors coming from the Orchard Hill Sanitary Landfill. We previously blogged that Rep. Pscholka is urging community feedback on how well the landfill's efforts are in controlling the odors. I do not currently represent anyone in Michigan. I have represented ...
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  • Residents push for GenEarth in Moncks Corner, South Carolina to be shut down

    The Berkeley Independent is reporting that 75 residents packed into a county water and sanitation committee meeting to protest the noxious odors they have to live with on their properties. The odors come from GenEarth, which leases property at the Oakley Road landfill. The mayor of Moncks Corner is asking for a tally of the number of complaints to law enforcement from citizens. I do not currently ...
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