EPA orders to landfill set ‘legally-binding’ deadlines to address odors

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Landfill deal

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

The Ohio EPA's orders for a Dayton landfill facing a lawsuit, a city investigation and hundreds of complaints from nearby communities involving odors is part of a deal that sets "legally-binding deadlines," according to the state agency.

The six actions “negotiated” with the Stony Hollow Landfill “require (owner) Waste Management to take immediate, short-term actions to minimize odors local residents have experienced the past several months, as well as notify and protect residents while the company is installing long-term solutions,” according to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

The city of Dayton’s investigation into the landfill on South Gettysburg Avenue is continuing, officials said. It stems from a pair of sewer overflows near Stony Hollow in October, the second of which caused cleanup crews to be “overcome” by odors and seek medical attention, according to city records.

After an Oct. 25 sewer overflow, the city issued the landfill a permit violation and ordered Stony Hollow to stop discharging waste into Dayton’s collection system.