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Neighbors complain over odors coming from Middle Point Landfill

Posted at 10:49 PM, Oct 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-26 23:53:28-04

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WTVF) — Some call it "Methane Mountain," for others it's "Mount Trashmore." Neighbors may disagree on what nickname to call the Middle Point Landfill in Rutherford County, but most seem to agree it's causing a smelly problem in their neighborhood.

"It's most certainly gotten worse over the past few months," said neighbor Robert Giddens.

"It just reeks when you walk out the door," said neighbor Melissa Farley. "It smells like the whole neighborhood has septic problems."

In the past month, Middle Point Landfill says it has started tracking odor reports from neighbors to be more responsive and says it will speed up the installation of new gas wells, and expand onsite odor misting.

Of the 60 odor reports the landfill says it got last week, it was able to investigate 36 of them. The landfill says it was not able to investigate the others because they weren't submitted fast enough before the odor dissipated, or because a specific location wasn't given.

Of the reports they were able to investigate, the landfill says only 10 were attributed to the landfill itself, with others coming from what the landfill calls nearby fertilization and agricultural operations.