Rumpke Sanitary Landfill - Hamilton County


Odor Complaints

Ohio EPA Contacts
(614) 644-2160
Darla Peelle
Heather Lauer 

Hamilton County
Dept. of Environmental Services

(513) 946-7777

Hamilton County Public Health Department
Chuck DeJonckheere
(513) 946-7879

Paul Ruesch
(312) 886-7898

Site Information

Rumpke Sanitary Landfill (Rumpke)
10795 Hughes Road
Colerain Township
Hamilton County, Ohio

Site Description

Rumpke is a municipal solid waste facility that accepts construction/demolition debris, industrial and residual wastes. This Rumpke facility is more than 500 acres, with more than 330 acres permitted for waste disposal. Rumpke is permitted to receive up to 10,000 tons of waste per day and operates 24 hours a day.

Issue Description

In the fall of 2009, Rumpke reported elevated temperatures and poor gas quality in the gas extraction wells. Excessive settlement on the surface of the northeast corner of the landfill (referred to as the “affected area”) was reported in late 2009. Rumpke immediately contacted and began working with the Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services (HCDOES), Hamilton County Public Health (HCPH), Colerain Township Fire, Ohio EPA and U.S. EPA on a response plan. 

Experts from local, state and federal agencies are working with Rumpke to implement an action plan designed to monitor and control the abnormal conditions in the affected area. This action plan was approved on March 18, 2010. Before approval of the action plan, Rumpke took steps recommended by Ohio EPA to minimize the impact of the situation on the local community. Response actions included installation of a buttress to stabilize and prevent potential slope movement and odor control measures. 

Air Monitoring Information

Ohio EPA toxicologists continue to review air monitoring data being collected near Rumpke Sanitary Landfill. This data includes samples collected at a fixed air monitoring station, located for a 6-month period immediately downwind of the impacted area. Since HCDOES began taking readings of total volatile organic compounds and methane from a stationary monitor at Bank Road near its intersection at Hughes Road on May 8, 2010 and will continue to take air samples every six days until the 6-month sampling period is completed. Ohio EPA has assessed the potential long-term exposure risks for the fixed-site samples, and continues to conclude that there exists no immediate short-term, or long term health threats due to the concentrations of air contaminants measured in the area. While the potential for portable, on demand air monitoring remains a priority for HCDOES, the 6-month fixed-site monitoring program has reached its conclusion and will be suspended. While future conditions may warrant a re-activation of the site, currently Ohio EPA and HCDOES are confident that the current portable sampling plan detailed below will adequately monitor for potential health effects from any future short-term releases from the facility.

HCDOES continues to use portable monitors to obtain immediate, real-time results for several pollutants of concern in Colerain Township. Based on an ongoing review of the data collected to date, there is no immediate short-term or long-term health threat from the contaminants being measured. 
The “real-time” data measurements are taken with portable instruments on a regular basis at 17 set points in the community surrounding the landfill. The pollutants monitored instantaneously (real-time) are found below. Please click on the name of the pollutant to learn more and to access the real-time monitoring data.
HCDOES has also taken some one-time samples. They have posted the information here. In reading the raw data, be aware that the letters "ND" mean non-detect.
Ohio EPA continues to coordinate with local and federal partners to make certain that air quality around the site is adequately monitored to ensure protection of human health and the environment in response to this ongoing incident.
To find more information about landfill gas, please visit the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)’s compendium of landfill gas information or Ohio Department of Health’s landfill gas fact sheet.




  • Draft Air Permit — A meeting regarding this draft permit was held at 6:30 p.m. on May 27 at the Colerain Community and Senior Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Colerain Township, Ohio 45251. News Release



The user should be aware that, while we try to keep the information on this page timely and accurate, there will often be a delay between receipt of documents and their appearance on this page. This delay is due to the time needed to create an electronic version of the document as well as to complete needed legal reviews for this ongoing enforcement case.

This Web page is continually under development. We will make every effort to keep this page current and to correct errors. To inform Ohio EPA of an error on this page, please click here.
The documents provided here are electronic copies of the official versions housed at the Ohio EPA. They are being provided for reference only and should not be altered or modified in any way.
For documents originating from sources other than Ohio EPA, the Agency takes no responsibility for the views, content or accuracy of the information provided.
Where necessary due to privacy laws and other legal statutes, the original document may be edited to keep protected information confidential.