Growing landfill brings outraged community to the streets

June 09, 2019 03:18 PM

RENSSELAER - A growing concern is plaguing a local community. Now, residents are standing up and demanding "not in my backyard." 

The Dunn Landfill is located near dozens of homes and its issue gets smellier every day. 

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On Saturday, a group began demonstrating and expressing their concerns. They say they're against toxic dumping and their distress about the nearby landfill is very much real. 

"There are major odor problem, there's dust that comes off the site. We're concerned there may be lead or asbestos in the dust because there is construction and demolition debris." 

And this isn't the first time community members have expressed their concerns. They say the issue has been going on for several years. 

In April, the Department of Environmental Conservation said they had received numerous complaints from community members.

Following the complains this spring, the DEC commissioner, Basil Seggos said his patience had also been worn with some of the work that had gone on. 

The DEC then took action against SA Dunn and Company, the operators of the landfill, saying some of the community's concerns were violations and they planned to hold the company accountable. 

Seggos issued a consent order and required a new gas collection and cover system to help with the odors, but residents say many of the same issues still exist and they want to see the city and state do more. 


Brooke Selby

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