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Posted: Thursday, 01 May 2014 9:30PM

Psholka, DEQ Host Forum On Orchard Hill Landfill Stench

People who live in Coloma and Watervliet are demanding answers from the Department of Environmental Quality and Orchard Hill Landfill about the stench wafting out of the facility, which has become worse over the past few years. State Representative Al Pscholka hosted a town hall meeting on the problem at the North Berrien Senior Center Thursday night.


The consensus from residents is the smell has gotten worse since Orchard Hill drilled wells to harvest the gas and sell the electricity generated to Indiana Michigan Power. Officials from the landfill noted the section of the facility they're currently filling is believed to be the problem with the smells, and they're hopeful that once it's full and capped off, the smells will not be as bad. The DEQ and Orchard Hill are asking area residents to contact them with the time and place they are when the smells get bad so they can have records of it and try to pinpoint what is causing the problem. That suggestion did not meet with a good reaction, with several people upset and saying that's the landfill's responsibility, not that of the public.


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