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Ruling: Landfill Can No Longer Process Sewer Waste

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JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) - The Liberty Landfill, located off US-127 in Jackson County has agreed with the Department of Environmental Quality not to accept
sewer sludge.

Residents say there were no bad smells until the landfill started processing sewer sludge. Dave Holobowiczs says he called the owner of the landfill a number of times, eventually lodging complaints with the Department of Environmental Quality.

According to DEQ, between 2011 and 2012, 15 area homeowners have lodged 73 complaints.

"It isn't just me who's involved with this. There's quite a few people that are having issues with this," said Holobowiczs. "There's no other landfill in the state of Michigan that I'm aware of that had this many nuisance odor violations in this timeframe that we're dealing with the last couple years."

The DEQ says no health hazard exists with the odor, but Holbowicz says sometimes, ash-like particles fall on their house and he wonders.

"If these particulates are landing on my vehicle, I know they're landing in the river and I don't know what's in that fly ash," he says.

The Department of Envioronmental Quality says Liberty Landfill isn't equipped to handle methane gas and if the landfill is to start processing again, it needs to build a gas collection system.

The owner of Liberty Landfill declined our requests to be interviewed.

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