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Residents Tour South Hadley Landfill Following Complaints

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WGGB) — Concerned residents joined the town’s Board of Health in getting an inside look at the South Hadley Landfill.

The facility has been the subject of complaints from residents who live in the area who say the smell is overwhelming.

“Once in awhile we’ll get a whiff of it, smells like a sani can,” said Christine Archambault, resident.

This summer the landfill had several odor complaints resulting in about $40,000 worth of fines.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection since Aug. 8th there have been four confirmed odor complaints.

Mark Harlacker, Vice President of Advanced Disposal, feels they’ve been successful at addressing the neighbors concerns.

“We have gotten our final cap finished, more gas extraction was tied into the system and you know the misting system down by the workface, which has been running consistently.” said Harlacker.

Wednesday’s tour acted as the Board of Health’s monthly meeting.

“It’s always beneficial to get people to come out even though they chuckle when you say to them come out for a landfill tour,” said Harlacker.

Despite the tour a neighborhood group is still against the proposed expansion of the facility.

“After awhile they all start breaking down. The smell comes back cause we are dealing with the same issue over and over, decaying organic waste, which is gonna cause odors,” said Victor Anop.

“It’s public land and they are trying to use it for private use, so that’s what we have issue with,” said Archambault.

The expansion of the landfill would allow for another six to seven years of use.  The Conservation Commission will discuss the expansion at their next meeting on October 17th.

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