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Ontario County landfill odor, runoff work ongoing

A committee that oversees the Ontario County landfill should receive a detailed list of landfill violations and a status report. The landfill general manager told the Planning and Environmental Quality Committee Monday progress is being made to fix problems with runoff that led to the violations.

General Manager Mark Clinker, with Casella Waste Systems Inc., also mentioned efforts to curtail odor from the site on Routes 5 and 20 in the town of Seneca.

Geneva Town Supervisor Mark Venuti, who sits on the committee, requested additional documentation to better follow what Casella is doing regarding water and odor issues.

“There is definitely an off-site odor, and the DEC reports this as well,” Venuti said.

Clinker said Casella is working with the state Department of Environmental Conservation on remedies. The DEC’s water quality inspection looked at the entire system, he said, adding Casella and the DEC agreed on a list of actions and a time frame to complete work.

“It doesn’t happen overnight,” he said.

Casella earlier this year installed 28 new gas wells at the landfill to help curtail odor. The wells extract methane and use it in the gas-to-energy plant on the landfill property.

Regarding runoff problems, the most recent violations came after heavy rains Aug. 13 and 14 forced stormwater to overflow a containment berm. The overflow violated the landfill permit and was caught during a DEC inspection regarding a previous, similar violation, said Canadice Town Supervisor Kris Singer, who heads the committee and answered questions about the violations earlier this month.

Clinker said the latest project focused on regrading the west slope and removing silt from the ponds, which completed a major leg of the work on Sept. 18.

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