Clark-Floyd Co. Landfill faces 11 violations, could lose permit if issues not resolved
The Clark County Commissioner President said the landfill is taking in twice as much garbage as expected.
BORDEN, Ind. (WDRB) -- A southern Indiana landfill is in deep with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
Clark-Floyd County Landfill operators face multiple violations after months of odor complaints.
Trucks can be seen coming and going from the landfill on a daily basis, but neighbors say it’s not the traffic that’s bothersome, it’s the unbearable smell.
“But now it's getting to where we can't breathe,” said Linda Hedrick.
Hedrick has lived near the landfill for 12 years. She says the odor has really never been an issue until six months ago.
“The gas fumes from there at night are so bad that if we keep our windows open we actually get nauseated sometimes,” she said.
After numerous complaints from neighbors to county leaders and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, finding a solution is looking more like a reality than ever before.
In a report released by IDEM, landfill operators face 11 violations.
“The tonnage is double what it was originally designed for,” said Clark County Commissioner President Jack Coffman. “And our current gasification collection and containment system needs some serious attention.”
But that's not the only problem. The liquid that collects in the landfill, called leachate, has to be removed in a different fashion.
“We can no longer truck that liquid out. It’s going to have to be pumped directly to a pump station,” said Coffman.
Coffman has also been dealing with the odor issue since the first complaint came to him. He said the operator's permit is up for renewal next year and if major issues are not resolved, it’s possible the operators might not be renewed.
While Hedrick says it’s a step in the right direction, she's not getting her hopes up until she smells a difference.
“People were at least listening to us, so that's good,” Hedrick said.
Our calls to landfill operators went unanswered.
The operators have 30 days to respond to the report, at which point they could be fined by IDEM.
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