For nearly a year, a foul smell has lingered in Perinton and created a rotten problem that just hasn’t gone away.
“We’ve heard for nine months the problem is going to be fixed and it hasn’t,” Perinton Town Supervisor Mike Barker said.
Barker said hope is on the horizon, though.
In a recent meeting, the conservation board made ten recommendations to be given to the DEC.
The DEC has now accepted those and most include deadlines for when Waste Management must accomplish the tasks.
They include a weekly monitoring of the landfill to get rid of the egg smell, a ban on solid waste dumped in Perinton until DEC regulations can be fine-tuned and air monitoring near schools.
“We haven’t received a letter from the DEC telling us how it’s going to work out, but we’re very optimistic and very happy,” Barker explained.
But Perinton homeowner Gary McNeil said meeting the DEC orders will work, if met continuously.
“If they’ll adopt some recommendations on a temporary basis, if it would only be for a couple weeks and we wouldn’t be too happy about that. We’d be much happier if it was a longer timeline to make sure these problems are taken care of,” McNeil said.
Barker said he understands those concerns, but is cautiously optimistic, too
“If you live out there, you have to be pessimistic I would think until the odor is gone.”
See the full list of the DEC’s recommendations below.
A Perinton landfill now faces fines from the state over odor issues.
Landfill officials have met with members of the public about the smelly issues that have cropped up. Neighbors who have lived in the area for the past few years say the smell is worse now than ever. The landfill said it switched the system that collected gas at the site causing the increased odor.
In recent months, landfill workers have attempted to fix the issue, but with little ground being made.
In a release Monday, the state DEC said it will cite High Acres with violations of the state’s solid waste management regulations and air pollution control requirements.
In a statement, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos wrote, “The odor condition at High Acres Landfill is unacceptable. New York’s stringent rules and regulations governing waste exist to ensure facilities in our state are adhering to the safest practices and highest standards possible to protect public health and the environment. DEC takes any violation of these policies seriously and is taking necessary action to hold these violators accountable. The communities next door to the High Acres Landfill deserve no less.”
“Not only did the NYSDEC agree to enforce our recommendations, such as increased monitoring,” said Perinton Supervisor Mike Barker in a statement, “but they added even more requirements in their oversight of the landfill. The fact that NYSDEC has since issued a Notice of Violation against Waste Management demonstrates just how clearly NYSDEC heard the Town’s concerns.”
Waste Management now faces penalties for the violations.
Statement from Waste Management
“High Acres Landfill received notice from the state Department of Environmental Conservation on Feb. 2 that additional requirements would be added to the facility’s solid waste management permit.
High Acres Landfill intends to comply with these requirements.
Our team continues to work hard to address the increased facility odors, some of which are the result of construction being performed to resolve the odor issues.
In addition, we are enlisting experienced professionals to enhance the facility’s existing environmental monitoring program. We will continue to update the community with additional information as we work to implement this program.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.”