VDEQ to fine Sussex landfill owner $99K over smell

VDEQ to fine Sussex landfill owner $99K over smell

SUSSEX, VA (WWBT) - Neighbors in the Sussex and Prince George area continue to reach out to 12 complaining about the strong odor coming from the area landfill.

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality now plans to fine the landfill's owner, Atlantic Waste Disposal, $99,000 in penalties. VDEQ says although the landfill has made some progress in addressing its concerns, there's still more work to be done.

"The current consent order addresses long-term corrective action of conditions at the Atlantic Waste landfill resulting from heat reactions within the waste mass. The order also is a continuation of work under the emergency order addressing odor, slope stability and leachate," said VDEQ in a press release.

VDEQ says Atlantic Waste has spent approximately $15.8 million toward bringing the facility back into compliance under the previous emergency order issued on February 5.

VDEQ also says they are "investigating leachate impacts to wetlands adjacent to the facility, potentially resulting in further VDEQ enforcement action."

Neighbors have been complaining about the smell from the landfill from miles away.

"Really, really bad," Christina Marconi said.

"You can hardly go outside," said Marguerite Bishop.

It's not just the smell that has neighbors on edge.

"It's my health that really concerns me more," said Wilda Rolley, who lives miles away. "I've been here since 1971. I've suffered more upper respiratory illnesses, sore throats, burning eyes in the last year than I probably have all my life."

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