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May 18, 2013

City officials, DEP to meet Monday on Crow Lane landfill

Capping remains incomplete; neighbors continue to struggle with odors

NEWBURYPORT - City officials are scheduled to meet with members of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Monday to discuss ongoing concerns about odors emanating from the private landfill at Crow Lane.

The meeting, which will be held at the offices of DEP, has been scheduled for several weeks, but it comes at a time when odors from the site have once again been troubling the landfill’s frustrated neighbors.

For years, the neighbors have suffered from episodes of nausea, sinus problems, headaches and itchy, watery eyes due to the odors from the landfill. The landfill was purchased in 2000 by the company New Ventures with the plan of closing it by heaping tons of demolition debris on top and capping it. Since then, city officials have been working with the state to get to the point of closure.

While the closure process has advanced in recent years, progress has slowed recently.

Yesterday, several residents continued to notify city officials of odors coming from the privately owned facility.

“I called in a complaint to New Ventures at about 8 a.m.,” said Ron Klodenski, of Wildwood Drive, “because of sulfur dioxide odor coming from the Crow Lane landfill. I noticed it at the intersection of Coltin Drive and Wildwood Drive.”

City officials and affected residents alike had expected the troubled landfill to be closed, sealed and odorless by at least mid-2013.

But Klodenski and others have filed several complaints this spring to New Ventures. Spokesmen at New Ventures could not be reached yesterday.

City Councilor Brian Derrivan, who represents the ward in which the landfill is located, was busy yesterday in attempting to obtain relief for nearby residents.

Derrivan, in a memo to Anthony Furnari, director of public services, stated, “I need you to get DEP to the landfill today and find out what’s going on with the flare. I also want to know the last time the flare was inspected . . . I look forward to your response.”

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