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Order bars landfill from discharging waste after worker illnesses

A Dayton landfill facing a lawsuit after odor complaints from nearby suburbs has been barred from discharging waste into city sanitary sewers since being linked to clogged lines and the use of prohibited chemicals that made cleanup crews “very ill,” records show.

The city of Dayton took that action against Stony Hollow Landfill while it and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency determine whether — as records indicate — the South Gettysburg Avenue site’s waste blocked sewer lines and contained chemicals that resulted in 10 city workers seeking medical attention from “significant odors.”

The city will not comment on the extent of the illnesses for the workers.

The landfill has been the focus of odor complaints by residents in Jefferson Twp., Kettering, Moraine and West Carrollton. Last week the facility was sued by a Moraine resident in a class-action claim that it was negligent in containing its emissions.

Since a late October order by the city of Dayton, the landfill has transported all decomposing waste off site for wastewater treatment, according to its owner, Waste Management.

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