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Sunny Farms Misses First Key Deadline to Reduce Odors

Ohio EPA has cited Sunny Farms Landfill for failing to meet its first key deadline to reduce odors at the landfill under the orders the company signed on Jan. 31, 2019.

The Jan. 31 orders require Sunny Farms to take several definitive actions to reduce odors coming from the landfill, with deadlines for each action. The first key deadline required Sunny Farms to assure parts of the landfill, not currently accepting waste, were covered with three feet of soil by Feb. 28. As a result of an inspection on March 1 to determine compliance with the orders, Ohio EPA inspectors found many areas where the facility failed to provide adequate soil cover, in violation of the order. The Agency has issued a notice of violation to the facility which requires immediate placement of the appropriate level of soil on the landfill.

“Sunny Farms has failed to put additional soil cover on the landfill, which Ohio EPA believes is an important step in moving them towards reducing odors in the community. Their failure to take action under the orders that were just issued to them demonstrates to the Agency that they are not taking seriously their responsibility to reduce odors,” said Ohio EPA Director Laurie Stevenson.

Because the landfill has not complied with an order from the Agency’s director, Ohio EPA is referring this case to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office to address compliance with the Agency’s orders. This referral does not release the facility from their obligations to comply with the Jan. 31 orders. Ohio EPA staff will continue to regularly inspect the landfill to ensure it is complying with the Jan. 31 orders and taking the steps outlined in the orders to improve operations and reduce odors.

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.

 
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