MORAINE, Ohio (WDTN) – No definitive answer was given to Moraine council members and residents Thursday night when officials from Waste Management spoke about the construction projects happening at the Stony Hollow Landfill site on Gettysburg Road.
The company currently has a class action lawsuit filed against it by residents claiming their property values have decreased because of the strong odor coming from the nearby landfill.
Moraine citizens who were hoping to get answers didn’t at the council meeting because of the pending litigation. Instead, the Waste Management officials gave a presentation on the work being done to improve the waste site and its smelly situation.
“We’ve installed over 50 new landfill gas collection wells as part of the improvements at the site,” said Waste Management corporate director of disposal operations, Matt Neely.
To put in those collection wells it requires digging up lots of rotting trash which officials said is the source of the stench.
It’s been forcing those who live or work in Moraine, to keep their windows shut since Spring, with no relief.
“It is enough to give you a headache, make you feel nauseous just because of such a powerful and horrid smell,” said Carly Beck at Moraine’s city council meeting.
She bought her house a few years ago, well aware of the landfill nearby.
“There were problems with the smell every so often, maybe 4 to 5 times during the summer you’d get a whiff of it for a day or so. this has become an every day problem,” she said, “none of us can enjoy our homes and are embarrassed to live in the good city of Moraine because of this company, because of the odors we are experiencing.”
She understands Waste Management is working to keep the site up to code and appreciates being kept in the loop of the landfill’s latest projects but said all she and many others want to know is, when will the smell be gone?
Officials hope the entire landfill project to be completed sometime next summer.
They did say if the problem continues after that, they’ll address it.