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Borden, Ind. residents say landfill odor burns eyes, noses, throats

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BORDEN, Ind. (WDRB) -- Neighbors of the Clark Floyd County Landfill in Borden, Indiana say the odor coming from it, is not a typical landfill smell. They say it can be so strong it burns your eyes and throat.

“This is our home and they've taken it away from us,” Freeda Heatherly said.

Freeda Heatherly has lived near the landfill her whole life. She said the smell was never a problem growing up until a few years ago.

In 2012 the 175 acre landfill expanded vertically instead of taking up more land. Around that time is when neighbors, started noticing the nauseating smell.

Heatherly and her family often find themselves prisoners in their home.

“The gas that we smell which burns the throat, the eyes, the noise…we don't want to go outside a lot of times,” Heatherly said.

She says days like Friday, where she can tolerate being outside, are few and far between. Most days are nauseating.

“I would say we are about 80 percent bad now to about 20 good," Heatherly said.

William Money and dozens of others have recently complained about the landfill and it's smell.

“A dead smell. Just stink. I don't see how anyone down there can stand it,” Money said.

Money takes a walk every day and he said he's not going to let it keep him inside.

“Just hold my breath. Take little breathes at a time,” Money said.

When we asked Robert Lee, the president of Clark Floyd County Landfill LLC, about the strong odor that we smelled ourselves, he said he hadn't smelled it.

“I'm not familiar with that and we'll have to figure what it is and go over there and see what we might be able to do with it or whatever,” Lee said.

But he wants his neighbors to be happy.  

“I think at this point we're pretty much trying to investigate the allegations and determine just where the odors are coming from,” Lee said.

Lee said since he was contracted to take over the landfill in 2004, he has never received an air violation. Heatherly finds that hard to believe.

“What I've been told is it's not at a hazardous level. But to me if it's burning your eyes and your nose, then there's something wrong,” Heatherly said.

While neighbors know the landfill will not be going away anytime soon, they would like to take a deep breath of air without it burning.

“I would just like to be able to live,” Heatherly said.

Landfill officials hope to be more transparent with its neighbors and plan to have a community workshop in January or February.

Any questions regarding the landfill can be made to 502-935-1130 or 812-945-5976.

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