San Jose, Calif., recently delayed presenting the findings of a study of odors from the Newby Island Landfill as part of a review of a plan to expand the facility by 100 feet. Advanced Disposal and Republic Services are at odds over how to fix an odor issue at the Arbor Hills Landfill in Michigan. And following a flood of complaints from neighboring cities about an increased odor issue at the Capitol Landfill in Juneau, Alaska, the City and Borough of Juneau has identified the source and measures are being taken to reduce the odor issues.
These are some of the recent headlines regarding odor and dust management at landfills across the country. This is in addition to the potential for fines and class action lawsuits. To provide resolution, operators often seek both scientifically and legally defensible data to formulate proper odor control plans.