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Odor Complaints Reduced in Recent Months at Kansas Landfill

After months of efforts to contain odors at the Johnson County Landfill in Kansas, Shawnee city officials say odor complaints have been greatly reduced. City officials have worked with Waste Management to identify potential other odor sources.

From October through December, there were 138 odor complaints with the city.

But the work that’s been done since has led to a decrease in complaints.

The Shawnee Dispatch has the story:

At the end of 2015, wet conditions caused odor problems at the landfill, operated by Deffenbaugh Industries, now a subsidiary of Waste Management, leading to daily odor complaints from Shawnee residents. However, since Deffenbaugh made efforts to control the release of gases, complaints have been reduced to “normal” levels.

Vicki Charlesworth, deputy city manager, said that as of Monday, there had been four odor complaints in April.

“City staff is committed to investigating those complaints when they come in, even if I have to dispatch a police officer in the middle of the night to do it,” Charlesworth said. “Of the four, there were faint smells, but it wasn’t anything like what we were having before.”

Read the full story here.

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