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Landfills are cheap and the default waste management solution. This tells those lesser known stories about where landfills pollute.
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Smelly landfill keeps residents from entertaining, opening windows

Smelly landfill keeps residents from entertaining, opening windows | Landfill pollution | Scoop.it

Neighbours of the Sunshine Canyon Landfill in Granada Hills, Los Angeles, California has become so smelly that homeowners near the site have filed a lawsuit against the landfill's owners for the smell.

 

The operators have racked up 55 citations and fines totalling $450,000, and are dealing with the problem slowly. Residents have filed thousands of complaints with the Air Quality Management District, claiming that they have to keep their windows shut, can't entertain and their property values have plummeted.

 

This is a very large landfill, receiving 9,000 tons of garbage each day.

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Old landfill sites hit house prices

Home-owners living next to old landfill sites could see the price of their houses blighted for more than 20 years after the landfill has closed, a new report suggests.

 

Researchers who studied the prices of homes near active landfill sites have concluded it reduces the value of property by 2.6%, against average market value.

 

The report also concluded that even where landfill sites are no longer active, house prices are between 2.4% and 3.4% lower.

 

There is a negative effect on the prices of homes within 3km of an active site, and within 1km of an inactive site.

 

These impacts are due to the negative impacts landfill have on their surrounding communities.

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Troubled Richfield Landfill in Genesee County, USA

Troubled Richfield Landfill in Genesee County, USA | Landfill pollution | Scoop.it

Local officials don't necessarily agree whether it's best for the environment surrounding the 300-acre property for it to remain in operation under a new owner or to shut it down.

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ethanrobert's curator insight, November 26, 2013 9:59 AM

I beleive that the landfill should be open no matter if it is under the management of a new owner. People need a place to take their trash because otherwise it will cause problems where people will have to drive longer to another landfill for the locals, and also cause it where people might need to withdraw from taking their trash as often by sockpiling their trash and cause air pollution around them. This landfill should stay open for the sake of the locals. -Robert

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Residents upset over tip 'smell'

Residents upset over tip 'smell' | Landfill pollution | Scoop.it
A group of Arnold residents (Nottinghamshire, UK) want to take a waste firm to court for compensation over the smell from the Dorket Head landfill.

The landfill smell is reportedly overpowering, though the operator argues that the site remains "fully compliant with its operating permit in relation to odour"
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Landfill owner and county at odds over post-closure maintenance

Landfill owner and county at odds over post-closure maintenance | Landfill pollution | Scoop.it
Landfills require management long after they have closed, and that management costs money. This is a story of where the owner ran out of money to run the site, and so can't do the management in accordance with the laws.

The landfill opened in the 1960s and closed in 1993. A trust fund of $9 million for closure ran out of money in 2009.
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Council installs massive air freshner to counter landfill stench

Council installs massive air freshner to counter landfill stench | Landfill pollution | Scoop.it
SCOTTISH Borders Council acted after a raft of complaints from locals over the smell coming from the nearby Easter Langlee dump.

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Moretown Landfill's odour problems similar to those in Burlington 20 years ago

Moretown Landfill's odour problems similar to those in Burlington 20 years ago | Landfill pollution | Scoop.it
The Moretown landfill appears to stink out its neighbours, and an Improvement Plan has been prepared to control the odours the waft through the neighbouring areas. The plan proposes a new management team, $500,000 in capital improvements, temporary deferral of an expansion plan, and upgrades to the gas collection system.
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Texas city files federal suit against landfill

The city of Lewisville, Texas has filed a federal lawsuit against a landfill located in Lewisville but owned by neighbouring city Farmers Branch and operated by a private landfill operator

 

The suit alleges that the landfill is polluting the Elm Fork of the Trinity River in violation of federal regulations. Monitoring bores have apparently found arsenic and other toxins in excess of permitted limited.

 

Perhaps the bigger story is that Farmers Branch is seeking to expand the landfill. This suit may be part of a course of action to deter permitting the expansion.

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South Hadley, Massachusetts wants DEP to fine its landfill operator

South Hadley owns a landfill that is operated by a private operator. The town believes that the operator accepted banned material at the landfill, and wants the state regulator to fine the operator.

 

Interesting that what appears to be relatively straightforward contractual matter between the town and its contractor should need action from a state agency. There is a lesson to be learned there.

 

Interesting to note that the town receives about $1.5m per year from the operation, or about $10/ton of waste.

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Leachate management challenges at Alaskan landfill

The management of landfill leachate is always an issue. Here the leachate was being discharged to the town's wastewater treatment plant, however it was causing problems for the plant. As a result, the borough will treat leachate on site using an evaporation unit.

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Gas-leak win threat to councils

Gas-leak win threat to councils | Landfill pollution | Scoop.it
More class actions tipped after a landmark $23.5 million settlement for residents of Cranbourne's gas-affected Brookland Greens estate.

The story of the former Stevensons Road landfill and the gas detected in new houses is a sorry one, and led to a State Ombudsman investigation. The payout is to be made by the local council (City of Casey) and the EPA.

Additional resources at:
EPA: http://www.epa.vic.gov.au/our-work/current-issues/landfills/brookland-greens-estate-cranbourne
City of Casey: http://www.casey.vic.gov.au/residentsstevensonsroad/?nav=tree
Melbourne Uni case study: http://www.csdila.unimelb.edu.au/sis/Cases/Brookland_Greens/index.html
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IPS – Landfill in Argentine Capital “Kills Slowly” | Inter Press Service

IPS – Landfill in Argentine Capital “Kills Slowly” | Inter Press Service | Landfill pollution | Scoop.it
“This isn’t like a tsunami, which appears all of a sudden, but a silent enemy that kills you slowly, as you breathe and drink the water,” says Hugo Ozores, who lives in González Catán, a working-class district in Greater Buenos Aires.

For the past decade, local residents in this district on the southwest side of the Argentine capital, which has a population of 300,000, have been complaining about health problems that they blame on a sanitary landfill in the area that receives 2,500 tons a day of garbage.

In particular, they suffer bad air quality and are forced to drink water they believe is contaminated by the landfill.
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Toxic waste bleeds into national park

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One of the most toxic waste dumps in WA has seeped into the groundwater, creating a contaminated plume that has reached the John Forrest National Park.

The Red Hill Waste Management Facility takes some of the most hazardous waste in Western Australia, and has apparently been leaking since 2004. The plume includes organophosphate pesticides, and is headed towards a national park.
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Waste Management, and Land and Water Management

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$5M tab for landfill fire remains unsettled

$5M tab for landfill fire remains unsettled | Landfill pollution | Scoop.it
More than six months after a fire started at the Iowa City Landfill, city officials still don't know whether the $5 million tab for extinguishing the fire and rebuilding the damaged cell will be paid by its insurance provider.

The landfill started in the drainage layer at the base of the landfill, which is formed of tyres. The fire started on 26 May 2012. It is not clear how long the fire burned, but it was 15 days before the policy of letting it burn out was replaced with active extinguishment. When the two month cleanup was started in August, hot waste was still being discovered.
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