NEW DETAILS: $4.1 million settlement approved in Dayton landfill odor lawsuit

A federal, class-action lawsuit over odors from a Dayton landfill has been settled for $4.1 million.

A settlement in the lawsuit filed by a Moraine resident against Stony Hollow Landfill has been approved, court documents.

The suit filed in 2016 stemmed from odors from the South Gettysburg Avenue landfill, which drew complaints from residents in Jefferson Twp., Kettering, Miamisburg, Moraine, Oakwood and points beyond since early that year.

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More than 2,000 class-action members signed up to share $1.875 million included in the settlement, court documents show. The settlement deal can include a maximum of 2,039 class-action members, records show.

The settlement also requires the Waste Management-owned site to invest $1.45 million there to “reduce the potential for odor emissions,” according to court records.

Attorneys fees total more than $793,000 in the case, court records show.

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Moraine resident Carly Beck’s suit claimed Stony Hollow “failed to sufficiently collect, capture, and destroy landfill gas generated at its landfill to prevent fugitive emissions and to otherwise prevent odors from the landfill from invading the homes and property.”

The settlement received preliminary approval in July. Final approval was ordered by United States District Judge Thomas M. Rose last week.

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