In addition to tracking the causes of odor complaints, Shaw continued to inspect the Landfill identifying and marking landfill gas and leachate breakouts first thing each morning and throughout the day. In addition, Shaw personnel observed a problem with the operation of a number of extraction wells at the landfill. They notified New Ventures, of the issue and New Ventures, under the supervision of their engineer, SITEC, is implementing measures to identify and correct the cause of the problem. Shaw personnel are monitoring these activities.
I found this very interesting. The "problem with the operation of a number of extraction wells at the landfill" obviously has been a "problem" for a while.
This is from today's update:
Today New Ventures, under the supervision of their engineer, SITEC, is conducting a repair of the landfill gas extraction system at the landfill. This repair requires in part excavation of a shallow trench in the uncapped area of the landfill. These activities are likely to cause odors. The trench will be backfilled as soon as the repair is complete today.
Obviously, some kind of environmental engineer not related to New Ventures was always needed on site.
Nobody thought that something was wrong, with all the gas that has been escaping? Nobody but the landfill neighbors, that is ...
This is really inexcusable.
On a lighter note, apparently last Thursday, Aug. 27, was a day free of odor. One of the neighbors wrote an email to all concerned thanking them for this.
Thank you for last Thursday. We had all of our windows open for 9 hours straight. It was the first time for us to do that since April. We even had lunch on the deck. It was truly amazing.
Can you imagine living like that? Thanking all and sundry for ONE day without a nauseating stench in your home?
I remember, way back in July it was, Mayor Moak saying that the work causing the stink would all be done "in a couple of weeks."
I'm not necessarily blaming him; obviously he has no control over New Ventures.