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Perinton leaders pushing for progress at landfill

March 16, 2018 06:34 AM

In a letter to the Town Board, members of the Conservation Board expressed dissatisfaction with odors at the High Acres landfill that have frustrated neighbors for more than a year now.

On March 14, the Perinton Town Board unanimously endorsed the PCB’s recommendations for a proposed deadline of April 30 which would request additional NYSDEC intervention.

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“The Conservation Board has kept a close eye on Waste Management’s actions and has kept our Town Board fully informed of the progress – or lack of progress – on the landfill issue,” said Perinton Supervisor Mike Barker. He went on to say the board agreed with the PCB and that, “more should have been done by now to mitigate the odors, including completely covering Cell 11 with a geomembrane to contain emissions.”

Earlier this month, code enforcement issued a compliance order to Waste Management, advising the company that it's in violation of its special use permit.

Leaders say if Waste Management cannot successfully complete all mitigation tasks by April 30, the town should request additional regulatory steps to deal with the odors.

This would include asking the NYSDEC to immediately suspend municipal solid waste at the facility, disposing it at another NYSDEC-permitted landfill at Waste Management’s expense.

The town also wants the DEC to monitor gas collection performance of Cells 10 and 11 for at least a year before reinstating municipal waste disposal in Cell 12, and reduce the tonnage rate until Waste Management can demonstrate it can manage these wastes without odors.

The NYSDEC tells News 10 NBC, “DEC is taking aggressive action and remains committed to overseeing Waste Management as the company takes corrective measures to address the issues raised in our February 2, 2018, Notice of Violation (NOV). DEC continues to monitor the company’s progress daily with respect to implementation of the required mitigation measures, and to demand that all actions be taken to expedite resolution of the odor concerns. “

It goes on to say, “all NOV requirements related to odors are either completed or scheduled to be completed well before April 30, and DEC will continue to be in frequent communication and work with the towns of Perinton and Macedon regarding our ongoing efforts.”

The Senior District Manager of Waste Management, Jeff Richardson,  says the company continues to meet the requirements placed upon it by the DEC.

His full statement to News 10 NBC:
“In response to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the town of Perinton, the Waste Management team at High Acres Landfill has initiated an air monitoring program as part of our odor remediation plan. We are currently in the first week of this 12-week program.
 
Early results are being reviewed by third-party odor science specialists with more than 25 years of experience, and these results will be shared with NYSDEC, as well as with the towns of Perinton and Macedon.
 
It should also be noted that Waste Management will meet all of NYSDEC’s required actions outlined in the notice by tomorrow’s deadline.
 
In addition to the requirements outlined in the NYSDEC notice, we continue to make progress with additional corrective measures that we proposed to NYSDEC and we remain on track to complete the work on schedule.
 
As a reminder, NYSDEC continues to conduct near-daily on-site inspections of the facility. We comply with, either in real time or on a near-immediate basis, any recommendations or requirements that NYSDEC makes during these inspections and we have met every deadline agreed to by the agencies.
 
While these measures are effectively reducing off-site odors, we are also installing additional synthetic cover and gas collection in Cells 10 and 11.  All future infrastructure will include enhanced engineering and state-of-the-art features to ensure the facility operates at the prescribed environmental standard as required by the NYSDEC.”
 
In January, neighbors demanded tough action to deal with the foul smells.

The next town board meeting is scheduled for March 28. Supervisor Barker hopes the DEC will be attend.

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