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Ontario County Landfill cited again as odors continue to be major problem

The Department of Environmental Conservation has hit the Ontario County Landfill, which is operated by Casella Waste with another violation.

It’s the second time this year the landfill has been cited for excessive gas emissions.

Supervisor Mark Venuti, from Geneva, is a member of the committee that has oversight the landfill on the Ontario County Board of Supervisors.

“You can smell the odor way before a violation,” Venuti said. “People are under a lot of stress.”

He’s tired of excuses by those at Casella Waste. Horizontal wells have been deployed to help collect gas and prevent spillover of odors, but that hasn’t reduced the volume of odor complaints.

It’s unclear what more the County might try to do to push Casella to address odor issues.