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Residents Cry Foul Over Landfill Odor

Jerry Kenney

Montgomery County officials have set a deadline for Stony Hollow Landfill in Dayton to cap foul-smelling emissions. Nearby residents have submitted hundreds of complaints about bad odors coming from the plant.   
Miamisburg mayor Dick Church heads the Montgomery County Solid Waste Advisory Committee. He says even residents in his city are complaining about the foul smell.

“It’s a terrible odor and I don’t blame the residents one bit," he says. "I wouldn’t want to put up with it and they shouldn’t have to.”

Church says Stony Hollow’s owners - Waste Management - were asked back in April to solve the odor problem but so far nothing has been done. He says the landfill owners have until the end of January to cap the emissions. If they don’t, Montgomery County could find another place to handle its solid waste.

“If we have to start hauling trash 50, 60 miles that cost is going to go up so there’s a lot of things we have to take into consideration.”

Church says a study of possible alternatives for waste disposal is already underway. The study will be presented at a county meeting January 26th, 2017. But he says he hopes Waste Management will have the problem at Stoney Hollow solved by then.

Montgomery County currently sends 300 to 400 tons of solid waste daily to the landfill.