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DEC fines Allied Waste $75,000 for odors from Town of Niagara landfill

Noxious odors from a Town of Niagara landfill have led to a $75,000 fine from the state.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Friday that it has fined Allied Waste because of hydrogen sulfide emissions from the giant landfill beside Packard Road and I-190, known locally as "Mount CECOS" after a former corporate owner.

In a news release, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said the department has received numerous odor complaints from residents about the landfill. The agency is ordering the company to sign a consent order and take steps to reduce the sulfur smells.

The DEC ordered the installation of a gas collection system and install several flares to burn off landfill gas. The gas also must be tested to determine what other controls might be needed. The company also must begin a pilot project to treat liquid leaching from the landfill to remove the sulfur smell before the liquid is directed into the sewer system.

The DEC also ordered the company to evaluate options for accepting less waste that could create the odor. According to DEC figures, the landfill is permitted to take 800,000 tons of waste per year and has a capacity of 8.8 million tons.

In a statement late Friday, the garbage landfill's current owners, Republic Services, stated: “While we may not agree on the primary source of odor in the community, we are serious about being a good neighbor and doing our part as a responsible operator. We hope this agreement will allow everyone to turn the page and move forward together. We remain committed to working with the state on the implementation of the order.”

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