New York town accepts WM odor mitigation plan

New York town accepts WM odor mitigation plan

Waste Management’s High Acres Landfill in Perinton began emitting odors after a drilling project caused old waste to rise to the surface.

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A revised plan submitted by Houston-based Waste Management (WM) regarding its High Acres Landfill in Perinton, New York, has been accepted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), a report by WHAM says. The plan, which was approved March 6, is meant to mitigate odors at the landfill.

Complaints from residents around the landfill have been ongoing from months. In February, the report says, the DEC agreed to implement 10 recommendations made by the town to address odors. When WM originally brought forth a plan, it was told the plan wasn’t effective enough.

The revised plan includes WM adding additional geomembrane covers by the end of March, continuing to repair and replace gas connection wells and sending monthly updates to the DEC and the town’s conservation board along with email notifications to residents who want to stay informed. The report also says real-time data will be provided to Perinton residents and the DEC to evaluate the plan’s effectiveness.

The report says the odors started after WM began to drill in specific areas of the landfill to install pipes. The drilling caused old waste to rise to the surface and create odors around those specific area landfills.

Periton officials have provided additional information about the mitigation plan at www.perinton.org/highacres-landfill, the report says.