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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.


Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.