Oakland County landfill installing temporary flare

NORTHVILLE, MI – The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has issued a permit for the new temporary flare to reduce odors at the Arbor Hills Landfill in Salem Township.

As a result, the MDEQ is advising nearby residents  to expect to see increased activity at the facility, including the installation of a 42-foot tall flare on the northern side of the landfill.

“Residents should expect to see a flame when the equipment is operating,” said Scott Miller, MDEQ District Supervisor. “While improvements to the gas system continue to be made, further improvements are needed.  Until this work is completed, the community may continue to experience landfill gas odor.”

The MDEQ issued the temporary permit to enable increased extraction of landfill gas in order to improve gas collection and reduce odors.  The temporary flare will operate less than 12 months, providing relief from the odors and allowing time for the landfill company to develop a permanent solution. The MDEQ review of the company’s permanent solution will include public involvement.

MDEQ staff continue to conduct regular site inspections and area odor observations. The MDEQ is committed to working with all parties to resolve ongoing nuisance odors and assure Arbor Hills Landfill is operating in compliance with state and federal environmental requirements.

The MDEQ is also committed to ongoing and open communication with residents and all other stakeholders as we continue to work toward resolution of this matter. More information is available on the MDEQ website: www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3310_70314-377630–,00.html.

In addition, the principal company that operates the landfill, Advanced Disposal Systems, has recently developed a website www.arborhills.info/ to provide up-to-date status information on the odor remediation efforts. The company website also accepts complaints that will be automatically forwarded to the MDEQ.