WM applauds H2S testing results amid continued odor complaints

WM applauds H2S testing results amid continued odor complaints

Tuesday evening, Waste Management (WM) released a Community Update claiming recent health assessment findings reflect "no public health concerns" to the community.

Despite this claim, neighbors continue to be plagued by odors stemming from the  High Acres facility; causing area residents to question what they are actually smelling, and if WM, the NYSDEC and Town Officials are doing enough to protect the community's health.

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Another Deadline Wafts by...but at least there's a new cannon to show for it?

Another Deadline Wafts by...but at least there's a new cannon to show for it?

As of April 30th, the clock has run out on all promised remediation deadlines. With it, Fresh Air for the Eastside, Inc. (FAFE) surpassed the 6-month mark for app-recorded complaints, confidence in town board members hit a new low, and resident patience runs thin as a new Waste Management (WM) odor-mitigation effort lights up the sky. 

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Hold the Phone - NYSDEC Announces Complaint Solution

Hold the Phone - NYSDEC Announces Complaint Solution

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has released its latest Odor Abatement Update for April 2018, outlining the recent actions to address odors at the High Acres Landfill. In this distribution, the NYSDEC provides an update on the status of WM’s compliance with the Notice of Violation, and provides next step actions planned by WM.

The NYSDEC has also informed the community that it has established a “more formal and comprehensive complaint response process” in order to address odor concerns of residents living near the High Acres Landfill. Their new solution? A telephone hotline. This solution comes nearly six months after FAFE debuted its own community-developed app...

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Nose burning? WM says to take Benedryl.

Nose burning? WM says to take Benedryl.

On the morning of 4/12/18, a local resident went for a run, and encountered what he believes to be strong landfill/H2S odors at the corner of 31F and Wakeman, near the new cell tower. This resident is not a Facebook user, nor a member of the FAFE closed Facebook group.

After running the 0.25 mile back home, this resident experienced a noticeable burning in his nasal passages and throat....

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