Ohio EPA Approves Rumpke Landfill Odor Control Plan

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

July 1, 2013

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Ohio EPA Approves Rumpke Landfill Odor Control Plan

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted Rumpke Consolidated Companies Inc. its request for its landfill in Colerain Township, Ohio, to increase odor neutralizer at the site.

The Cincinnati-based company said in a news release that a new pilot study indicates an alternative odor minimizer may be an option as well. It’s a liner designed to reduce odors.

“We are observing a reduction in odors and just recently we have been able to slightly reduce use of the odor neutralizer, " said Amanda Pratt, Rumpke director of communications.

Rumpke requested the increase in odor neutralizer use in part to eliminate odors coming from a reaction occurring in a small area of the landfill, the company said at the time. The reaction is occurring 100 feet below the landfill’s surface, is not a fire and poses no health risks.

With the new permit Rumpke can use 2,741 gallons of odor neutralizer mixed with more than 2.7 million gallons of water monthly, the company said. The company distributes the odor neutralizer through more than 200 spray nozzles attached to more than 6,100 feet of hose, 20 industrial fans and mobile spray dispensers.

Rumpke has taken some other steps to control the odors, such as installing trenches to capture the odors and adding odor control blankets.


About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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