Arbor Hills Landfill has received two violations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this year and four violations from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).
- Violation – Republic Services (BFI Waste Systems of North America)
- Violation – Arbor Hills Energy (Fortistar Methane Group)
The EPA conducted ambient air sampling and surface monitoring that resulted in the violations for violating the Clean Air Act.
“We’re somewhat taking over,” said Kenneth Ruffatto, an EPA environmental engineer who oversees Arbor Hills.
He said the EPA has been working closely with the MDEQ and will continue to do so. The EPA is keeping logs of odor complaints submitted to the MDEQ. Ruffatto said it’s important to specify the type of odor you smell, if possible, when you submit odor complaints to the MDEQ because it helps identify the source.
He said neighbors should smell garbage occasionally but the odors Arbor Hills Landfill has been emitting for the last year and a half are unacceptable and the EPA is working with Advanced Disposal, BFI-Republic Services and Fortistar Methane Group-Arbor Hills Energy to remedy the issue.
“We’re not confident yet if it’s safe or unsafe,” Ruffatto said.
On Nov. 8, 2016, the MDEQ’s Office of Waste Management and Radiological Protection issued the latest violation to Arbor Hills. Review the violation
The MDEQ’s Air Quality Division has logged 422 odor complaints this year as of November 4 — about 40 of them in November.