Lawsuit filed against landfill over smell


DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The smell is back. More residents report strong odors coming from the Stony Hollow Landfill near Moraine over the weekend. The city of Moraine received at least 17 odor complaints in 2 days.

Many residents are saying enough. This month, more than 160 different households in the area have gathered together to bring a class action lawsuit against the landfill claiming they have failed to collect, capture and destroy landfill gas.

Construction is still underway at Stony Hollow Landfill on Gettysburg Road in Dayton and that is causing the smelly problem.

The goal is to put in place new collection wells that help filter out methane gas produced by all the waste. The problem is, to put those in place, they have to dig up a lot of rotting trash, and that smells.

The odor has drifted into near by neighborhoods several times over the past seven months, especially in Moraine and Dayton.

Many of those homeowners want action. They say this construction is taking too long. Now, many are seeking 5 million dollars in damages in a lawsuit claiming the landfill odors have reduced the value of their property.

According to its website, Stony Hollow is taking steps to reduce the odors during construction such as covering the waste with soil during non-working hours and increasing the use of deodorizing agents at their facility.

A spokesperson from the Waste Management company is scheduled to address the Moraine City Council on Thursday evening at six. He’s expected to give the council more information about where the project stands.

2 NEWS is still waiting to hear back from the Waste Management Company and Stony Hollow Landfill.

According to the Dayton Montgomery County Public Health Department, they are aware of the issue and are monitoring the air quality around the area.

The city of Moraine has an odor complaint form for residents to fill out when they notice the smell. According to city leaders, they send that information directly to the Ohio EPA so they can get a better read as to when this problem is occurring and where.

The Ohio EPA tells 2 NEWS they’ve been monitoring the problem as well. They say the landfill expects to have the wells completed in the next week or two and will be then installing a synthetic cap which should help with the smell.

If this doesn’t fix the odor issue, the EPA says it will require the landfill to take additional measures.

The Ohio EPA is also looking into the landfill’s discharges into Dayton’s wastewater treatment system. This after Dayton reported an overflow event on October 25th caused by a clogged sewer.

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