DEM to monitor Johnston landfill odor

INSPECTIONS of the Central Landfill will be conducted twice a week through the end of December, the R.I. Department of Environmental Management said Thursday.
Posted 11/11/11

PROVIDENCE - There will be inspections of the Central Landfill in Johnston twice a week, resulting from neighbors’ complaints of the odor.

The inspections will be carried out by the R.I. Department of Environmental Management through the end of December, a news release announced Thursday.

“Hydrogen sulfide fumes can cause nausea, itchy eyes, breathing difficulties or throat irritations,” said state Director of Health Dr. Michael Fine. “It is a good idea to check in on elderly family, friends or neighbors. It is predicted that these odors may last for a couple of weeks.”

On Oct. 19, the department directed the operator, the R.I. Resource Recovery Corporation, to eliminate the objectionable odors.

RIRRC identified the cause of the odors and outlined a plan to address them. The DEM said it agreed with the actions and “encouraged” the corporation to increase communications with the public about the odor complaints, a news release said.

“In its regulatory role, DEM will oversee the implementation of the corrective action plan by the RIRRC to ensure that it is carried out appropriately and that it resolves the objectionable odors,” said DEM Director Janet Coit.

“DEM will continue to monitor for the presence of odors in the areas surrounding the landfill and follow up with RIRRC if additional measures are warranted to address the problem.”

Residents should report odors to RIRRC at 413-6219, the DEM said.

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