A view of mountains in late autumn.
A view of mountains in late autumn.

North Country Alliance
for Balanced Change

Life Downwind of a Casella Dump

A group in New York has put up a map of odor complaints around the Casella operated Ontario County Landfill in the Finger Lakes. Casella is 16 years into a 25 year contract so this problem can’t credibly be blamed on prior operators.

One thing to notice about the map is that odor complaints can be seen in a heavy concentration in nearby Geneva, NY – which is roughly 5 miles away.

A map showing odor complaints surrounding the Ontario County landfill in New York
Ontario County Landfill smell map

The map can be viewed at ItStinks.org.

Drawing a 5 mile radius circle around the proposed landfill site in Dalton gives you the following image. Notice that, for example, this area covers most of downtown Littleton. This is an area where a revitalization project has been taking place over the past several years.

A map showing a circle with a 5 mile radius from the proposed landfill site in Dalton
The potential “smell zone”