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BELOW ARE LINKS FOR ODOR ISSUES RECORDED AT CHIQUITA CANYON LANDFILL DURING THIRD-PARTY INSPECTIONS:

 

FIRST, A NOTE ABOUT LANDFILL ODORS AND MONITORING:
Landfill gas dispersion is a very complicated science. Because the dynamic nature of gas movement is variable due to factors such as wind, weather, gas density, heat, moisture, groundwater movement and topography, landfill gases travel in “clouds.” So, a concentrated pocket of gas can be several feet from an area where there is no odor or concentrated gas. These are reasons that electronic noses (e-noses) are being increasingly used throughout the country. Chiquita Canyon could benefit from installing such equipment in nearby residential areas; everyone would have a permanent, continual and objective way of measuring the odor impact for the surrounding communities. Currently, there are no odor monitors to measure landfill gas exposure in the surrounding communities.
In addition, use of Odor-Masking Agents has become standard – and concerning.  Natural gases such as Ethane, Propane and Methane are naturally odorless. Gas companies and distributors add a odor-detectable sulfur compound to alert customers that there is a natural/explosive gas presence in case of escape. Have you ever you ever heard about the man who could feel no pain? Whose neurological system could not alert him to danger? Landfill gases are primarily comprised of Methane (CH4) and Carbon Dioxide (Co2), which are odorless. Amounts of naturally-occurring, odor-detectable Hydrogen sulfide is present in landfill gases. Odor-detectable compounds are important to alert nearby residents to the presence of harmful fugitive gas, an inevitable consequence of landfill decomposition. Masking the odor-detectable compounds does nothing for the health and safety of nearby residents. In addition, it can be harmful, since it can mask the presence of dangerous levels of landfill gases. In these following reports, you will see various accounts where landfill operators use masking agents, sometimes called “chemical spray misters” after an odor complaint.
When the landfill or one of its oversight agencies receives an odor complaint, the complaint is followed up by an in-person visit to the location in which the odor/smell was detected. In many cases, the in-person visit is made several hours after the complaint was made. Inspectors start their inspections approximately around 9 AM, even though the odors sometimes begin as early as 4 AM, when the landfill starts accepting refuse. In addition, the odor inspection is undertaken without specialized, objective equipment that detect landfill gases — and using only the nose of the inspector. In terms of the AQMD, they require several complaints within one hour. When the inspector arrives, he/she must verify the odors at each of the complainants’ houses. This is a time-consuming process and many times, the odor has dissipated or moved by the conclusion of the inspection. Please visit our link for more information about landfill odors

 

 

Records of Verified Odor Complaints From South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) and CalRecycle(LEA)*:

All following AQMD reports were verified by and authorized agent. Included, in chronological order, are the accompanying LEA/CalRecycle reports for respective inspection periods.

When you view the documents below, you will see that there are major discrepancies between the AQMD reports (who monitor air control), and the CalRecyle reports, who rely on the landfill to report information regarding odor complaints to them.

February 27, 2006 – LEA/CalRecycle report indicates that two AQMD-verified odor complaints were filed on February 17th and 24th.

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April 13, 2006 – LEA/CalRecycle report indicates that AQMD called regarding off-site odors.

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August 2, 2007 – Odors verified by AQMD agent, Larry Isreal. Inspector Larry Isreal filed a report of confirmed odors to the AQMD.

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August 12, 2007 – LEA/CalRecycle monthly report. According to the CalRecycle report, landfill operator notes that “no odor complaints have been verified,” although there are two verified AQMD complaints for this inspection period. Operator further states that “Larry Isreal from AQMD came to investigate odor complaints and could not verify it.”

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October 15, 2007 – Odors verified by AQMD agent. Agent noted that “chemical spray misters” were being used onsite after odor complaints were made. Inspector Larry Isreal filed a report of confirmed odors to the AQMD.

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October 25, 2007 – LEA/CalRecycle monthly report. Despite confirmed reports from AQMD, landfill operator omits reports of verified AQMD odor complaints for this reporting period.

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May 19, 2008 – Odors verified by AQMD agent. Agent visited landfill, whose employees verified that trash odors were coming from the working face. Inspector Larry Isreal filed a report of confirmed odors to the AQMD.

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May 27, 2008 – LEA/CalRecycle monthly report. According to this CalRecycle report, landfill operator states that “several odor complaints were received on May 19, 20 and 23. The complaints were unjustified as per AQMD inspectors.”

Please note the above AQMD document not only states that the odors were verified, but it also states that the landfill workers verified the odor complaints and the source of the odor themselves on May 19, 2008.

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July 11, 2009 – Odors verified by AQMD agent, Larry Isreal. Inspector Inspector Larry Isreal filed a report of confirmed odors to the AQMD.

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July 13, 2009 – Odors verified by AQMD agent, Larry Isreal. Inspector Larry Isreal filed a report of confirmed odors to the AQMD.

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July 14, 2009 – LEA/CalRecycle monthly report. Despite confirmed reports from AQMD, landfill operators state that “two odor complaints were received on 7/11/09 and 7/13/09. Both times AQMD inspector Larry Isreal investigated the complaints and did not justify them.”

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July 24, 2010 – Odors verified by AQMD agent, Larry Isreal. Upon inspection of landfill, operators notified AQMD agent that they were applying an “odor neutralizer to the roads and the Alternative Daily Cover in order to help off-site odors.” Inspector Larry Isreal filed a report of confirmed odors to the AQMD.

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July 27, 2010 – LEA/CalRecycle monthly report. Despite confirmed reports from AQMD,  landfill operators state that “odor complaints have been received from the Val Verde area…Larry Isreal from AQMD came to investigate odor complaints and could not verify it.”

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August 11, 2010 – Odors verified by AQMD agent, Larry Isreal. Inspector Larry Isreal filed a report of confirmed odors to the AQMD.

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August 12, 2010 – LEA/CalRecycle. Despite confirmed reports from AQMD, landfill operators state that, once again, “odor complaints have been received from the Val Verde area…Larry Isreal from AQMD came to investigate odor complaints and could not verify it.”

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July 13, 2012 – Odors verified by AQMD agent.

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July 20, 2012 – Odors verified by AQMD agent. Landfill operators, when questioned, attributed to the green waste and stated that they were applying “odor neutralizer” on the mulch.

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August 6, 2012 – LEA/CalRecycle. Despite confirmed reports from AQMD, landfill operator omits reports of verified AQMD odor complaints for this reporting period.

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Odor complaint on July 21, 2013. Odor complaint reported to landfill operators; landfill operators did not verify complaint.

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