An Ohio landfill has reached a settlement, including a $35,923 civil penalty, with the state regarding solid waste and odor violations.

Apex Environmental LLC, which operates a landfill in Amsterdam, Jefferson County, agreed to install and begin operating 23 landfill gas collection wells by the end of this year, according to the Ohio EPA.

Multiple inspections between October and December by the Ohio EPA and the Jefferson County General Health District detected odors emanating from the landfill. The gas wells are designed to control the odors.

State and county officials, in early October, also observed leachate breaching an area of the landfill and failure of a rain flap meant to contain the leachate, the Ohio EPA said. Apex, within two weeks, told the health district it had repaired the flap.

The landfill agreed to limit day tonnage to 6,500, down from 7,500, until odors have been eliminated for an extended period of time, the state said.

The Ohio EPA said Apex has worked with the agency to address the violations. Continue reading