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Posted: Thursday, 10 July 2014 12:30PM

Representative Pscholka: Orchard Hill Landfill Odor Issues Improving

Work to improve the odor situation at the Orchard Hill Sanitary Landfill continues following a landfill town hall meeting in May that was attended by more than 100 people. State Representative Al Pscholka will hold a second town hall meeting later this summer or early in the fall to get more feedback from the people who live near the site. He says that his office, the Department of Environmental Quality, and Best Way Disposal are all committed to working with people to improve the odor issue. In May, he asked area residents to report to the DEQ whenever the smells were particularly strong and offensive from the landfill. Since then, 10 people have filed 18 complaints with the state about the odors. DEQ has been performing odor monitoring work, and landfill staff have been removing 6,000 gallons of water a week using portable gas well de-watering systems for the past four months, as the water is believed to have been contributing to the stench. The landfill's gas collection system has also been upgraded.


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