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Landfill upgrade OK'd, odor to be mollified

Friday, July 4, 2008

Plans to improve the collection of liquids oozing from Cedar Ridge Landfill have been approved by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and steps are being taken to minimize odor.

Waste Management Inc. officials announced on Wednesday that installation of the new system will begin this month and it will help protect East Fork Globe Creek, the tributary along Mooresville Highway. This isn't landfill expansion as sought in another request.

The work will uncover buried garbage and therefore undesirable odors may escape the landfill property west of Lewisburg.

"Any time you go into the landfill and open up these sections, there is a potential for odor," Waste Management spokeswoman Terri Douglas said. "We are taking every precaution to minimize the odors."

Those precautions include conducting the work during the driest time of the year.

"We're trying to do it before the rainy season," said Douglas, adding that company employees will closely monitor weather forecasts to avoid having sections of the landfill cut open when rain falls.

Another precaution is to "open up just sections at a time, not the whole area," she said.

A third step is to "use our odor neutraliz...Pick up a copy of today's edition, Friday, July 4, 2008, for entire story.