The DEQ did not include the more serious violation details from Arbor Hills Energy, the adjacent landfill gas-to-energy turbine plant owned and operated by Fortistar Methane Group. The gas collection facility has received violations for exceeding sulfur dioxide emission standards. The Environmental Protection Agency links short-term exposure to sulfur dioxide to an array of adverse respiratory effects.
The Feb. 2, 2016 violation the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality issued to Advanced Disposal and Republic Services asked for a response by Feb. 15, 2016. A Freedom of Information Act request returned the three documents below.
This site contains information regarding the Arbor Hills Landfill in Salem Township, MI. We have a grassroots movement seeking to eliminate the sources of odor in Salem Township and the surrounding communities.
Our first target is stop the proposed 240-acre expansion of the Arbor Hills Landfill. We are trying to stop the expansion that will increase the capacity of the landfill and extend its operations. We believe the landfill is a major source of odor affecting eastern Washtenaw and western Wayne counties.
Representatives from Arbor Hills landfill attended the Salem Twp. board of trustees meeting on Feb. 9, 2016. They confirmed they plan to expand the landfill near the compost area and they have purchased surrounding property.