Allied Waste, whose landfill beside Interstate 190 in Niagara Falls has long been a source of unpleasant odors, was sued this week by neighbors seeking an unspecified amount of damages.
Last October, Allied was fined $75,000 by the state Department of Environmental Conservation and ordered to stop the stench, but according to the lawsuit, it has not done so. The company said last year it was not easy to do so.
The smell is "obnoxious, foul and nauseating," the lawsuit says, similar to "wet paper pulp, rotten eggs or decomposing flesh."
The suit was filed on behalf of 300 households within 1.5 miles of the landfill, but that's just the number who have talked to lawyers. The suit says as many as 4,000 households may be affected by the smell.