NEWBURYPORT — Officials of the state Department of Environmental Protection report that a third-party engineering firm has found that a new gas-collection system is working at the Crow Lane landfill.
An effective system is important in preparation for the closing of the site, state officials say.
The DEP is currently overseeing the progress of final steps in what local officials, residents and state leaders hope is the beginning of the end of the private landfill.
Susan Ruch, deputy regional director of the northeast regional office of the DEP, recently sent a update on that progress to city officials, neighbors of the landfill and other concerned residents.
In her message, she said the update is part of the DEP’s effort to work with private and public interests to close and seal the troubled landfill.
The updates appear to be a reaction, in part, to the concerns of Mayor Donna Holaday, state Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives, D-Newburyport, and state Rep. Mike Costello, D-Newburyport.
The three officials have urged greater oversight by the state so that the job of closing the site can be completed soon.
No final closing date has been announced.
Residents have complained about its odorous gaseous emissions from the site for almost a decade and the impact the smells have on their health and quality of life.
State DEP officials are using the services of Blue Granite Environmental Consultants LLC of Goffstown, N.H., to help with the closure.
Blue Granite and New Ventures LLC, the Everett company that owns the landfill, are monitoring activities there every day, DEP officials say.
The DEP said that Blue Granite reports that the landfill gas collection and control system “have worked since the new controller was installed in September.”
In her report, dated Oct. 4, Ruch said that operatives of the DEP and/or its consultants “will be onsite on a daily basis” and there will be “continued inspection and evaluation of the landfill gas system and flare by Blue Granite” throughout the month.